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Celebs at AA Meetings

At which meetings have you seen celebrities? AA or other "_A" meetings. I think they tend to go to ones on the westside, and avoid the Hollywood ones.

by Anonymousreply 11709/06/2015

The central tenet is that the anonymity of the attendees is sacred. Anyone in the program who takes it seriously won't tell you. And anyone who tells you is likely to be making it up.

by Anonymousreply 104/06/2012

They have meetings in their homes for the most part. Years ago celebs would go to AA meetings in public but word got out and lots of fans would show up just to see them.

They can't do this now as everyone has cell phone cameras.

by Anonymousreply 204/06/2012

I met a minor celebrity some years ago at a meeting in CT.... He was really nice to me, and most of the people at the meeting didn't recognize him, but you would recognize his name.

by Anonymousreply 304/06/2012

I used to attend ACoA meetings which were attended by a well known New Age music performer, a thoroughly nice woman. Name? Never.

I agree about the treachery. Years ago, an alcoholic sibling used AA meetings to engage some members in a smear campaigh which got back to me. Truth-telling is not a requirement of AA attendance.

by Anonymousreply 504/06/2012

In one of the few times I ever agreed with Dennis Hopper, he railed about AA people being blabbermouths, not just about who attended, but about their recovery generally. "It's supposed to be Anonymous." Or something like that.

by Anonymousreply 804/06/2012

I've seen several celebs in AA and NA meeetings in Chicago, mainly the theatre areas. Agree 100% with the posters who say the anonimity of AA is BS. Had a collegue who thought he had some big secret to blackmail me with when he saw me at a NA meeting.Bitch forgot that I saw him at that meeting too.

After years in AA and NA I had to get away from it and figure out why I felt the need to drink and get high. AA/NA is good at the begining but if you don't know why you're doing it you're never going to stop.

by Anonymousreply 904/06/2012

Here you go bitches - the courts have spoken about AA anonymity/confidentiality.

So much for the 'spiritual foundation of all our traditions'.

by Anonymousreply 1004/06/2012

AA is a support system that you can reach out to when in need. You shouldn't give people (including celebs) a hard time for reaching out for help imho.

by Anonymousreply 1104/06/2012

There are secret AA meetings for various groups of people who have a need to protect their identity, including celebrities. Some of the more protected groups include airline pilots and doctors.

You read that right, airline pilots. It's understandable why that needs to be kept secret.

People would be amazed how many surgeons are in AA, and the fact that they were operating on patients throughout their drinking careers. The chief of surgery in the top-ranked hospital in a city where I lived came to AA and got sober. He was at the end of surgical career and was ready to retire. I always wondered how many patients he had killed.

by Anonymousreply 1204/06/2012

There is an actress who portrays a doctor on a television show who unfortunately had an online tabloid take pictures of her having exited an AA meeting. This actress is in dire need of perhaps more than just AA. However, since an online tabloid busted her, she has since claimed to be in Al-Anon and has one of her siblings living with her as her minder. The sibling she lives with is the one she claims to be going to Al-Anon for.

by Anonymousreply 1304/06/2012

A relative of mine saw Lindsay Lohan at an AA meeting a few years ago. Not too surprising.

by Anonymousreply 1404/06/2012

In LA, even the most hardcore AAs and Al-Anons drop names as quickly as they breath.

I got into recovery in a place where anonymity was strictly practiced. So, was completely stunned when I moved to LA and heard all this name dropping -- both during shares and outside of meetings.

When I've questioned people about it, the attitude they took was it's OK to break anonymity with people also in recovery. Not OK to break it with people not in recovery.

by Anonymousreply 1604/06/2012

That's true, R16. There's no such thing as anonymity within AA, only outside of AA.

by Anonymousreply 1804/06/2012

Grace Adler and Val although Grace was just there for the food

by Anonymousreply 1904/06/2012

I would have loved Leo in meetings.

by Anonymousreply 2104/06/2012

I'm sure halitosis doesn't exist either, R22. That doesn't mean your breath doesn't reek.

by Anonymousreply 2304/06/2012

One of my ex's many faults was an inability to remember what the second A in AA stood for. He had every reason to be grateful to that organization (as did I, during the years we were together after he joined), but couldn't wait to out his fellow members. He apparently hit the motherlode in Amagansett meetings.

by Anonymousreply 2404/06/2012

Group therapy is a huge problem for public figures and it's generally recommended that they avoid it.

by Anonymousreply 2504/06/2012

It's not well peoples anonymous.Just because a person is in some stage of recovery or trying to be, doesn't mean that they're going to do it perfectly. Celebrity or not. I owe my life to the program... And use my first and last name... If someone is struggling their never gonna find Shannon O in the phone book.... I've never heard of a rape an AA meeting, but I'm sure that type of crime can happen just about anywhere.... What a ridiculous statement that was.

by Anonymousreply 2602/07/2013

Lots of celebrities go to both AA and NA meetings in the West Village. Pay attention next time you walk by a nondescript place with lots of people standing outside smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee out of styrofoam cups.

by Anonymousreply 2702/07/2013

[quote]People would be amazed how many surgeons are in AA, and the fact that they were operating on patients throughout their drinking careers.

Hardly shocking. I've been to detox and rehab several times (and all the meetings that go along with that). I met many, many well-paid and powerful medical professionals among my fellow attendees. Some of them had worked with or volunteered with children.

[quote]Group therapy is a huge problem for public figures and it's generally recommended that they avoid it.

AA isn't group therapy, though many who share during meetings mistake it for that. "Group therapy" in rehab isn't even what most patients think it is.

by Anonymousreply 2802/07/2013

[quote]Hardly shocking. I've been to detox and rehab several times (and all the meetings that go along with that). I met many, many well-paid and powerful medical professionals among my fellow attendees. Some of them had worked with or volunteered with children.

Maybe not shocking to you, but I bet the average person would be surprised to find out the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the most prestigious hospital in the area was drunk through all the years he was operating on people. I'm also sure they would be a bit amazed at how many airline pilots are drunks.

I don't understand your strange references to alcoholic medical professionals being well-paid, powerful and working with and volunteering with children. Huh?

You might want to remember that most people don't casually drift in and out of detox and treatment like you apparently do.

by Anonymousreply 2902/08/2013

The UWS had star-studded AA/NAmeetings in the early through late 80s when a friend went there. Lots of crew members from SNL, musical guests from SNL. That show used to be full of coke heads and heroin addicts. A famous singer was married to another famous musician who was sober until he went off the rails after attending the SNL after parties. That's when famous singer #1 divorced famous musician number 2.

Al Franken's Stuart Smalley was based on a UWS regular attendee who sort of ran some groups. I was at the 92nd St Y year's ago when Julia Sweeney and Al Franken appeared. They interviewed each other and then took questions from the audience. A woman asked if a specific person (ie, Mark E) was the basis for Stewart. Al just laughed and said he wouldn't comment.

by Anonymousreply 3002/08/2013

r17, which meeting please!!!

by Anonymousreply 3102/08/2013

Please close this thread. It is the decent thing to do. AA should be anonymous.

by Anonymousreply 3202/08/2013

r32, here you go

People I have seen at AA meetings in L.A

1. Orlando Bloom 2. Robert Blake 3. Jodie sweeten 4. Alec baldwin 5. Christian Slater 6.Carisma carpenter 7. toby maguire 8. Nancy Allen 9. ozzy osbourne

Many celebs will attend meetings in trendy areas just so people will THINK they are sober!!! Tons of BS' ERS IN AA

by Anonymousreply 3302/08/2013

[quote]The lying, treachery, and hypocrisy is hideous in AA.

that's why i hate them

by Anonymousreply 3402/08/2013

I'm in OA and OA has tons of meetings online, AA has more. Why go to a meeting when you can be anonymous in an online chat? If these celebs really wanted to be anonymous they'd go to online meetings.

by Anonymousreply 3502/08/2013

Which Hollywood Studio had regular AA meetings for 20-25 years, and all anyone had to do was tell the security guards that there were there for a "meeting with Bill W" and they were admitted on to the lot, no questions asked?

Then a new boss took over and just about shit when he found out about it because it was such a breach of security.

by Anonymousreply 3602/08/2013

Hi my name is Kitty D, and I'm an alco-ponic.

by Anonymousreply 3702/08/2013

R35, if you have a slip Krispy Kreme will have to restock. If an AA member has a slip, they might not survive to make it back.

Online meetings are fine sometimes, but they don't take the place of being in a room of other recovering people.

As for some of the criticisms of AA on here, individual members are not AA and their bad behavior is their own responsibility, not that of the group or organization. Someone who is genuinely in recovery is not about to divulge the names of other people at the meetings, or share anything that's said. It's nobody's business but those who are in that room at the time.

by Anonymousreply 3802/08/2013

Hi, I'm Joan and I'm an alchoponic.

Kitty, I told you never to come to MY meeting!

by Anonymousreply 3902/08/2013

Someone who is genuinely in recovery is not about to divulge the names of other people at the meetings


by Anonymousreply 4002/08/2013

AA meetings in West Hollywood - Janice Dickinson and Russel Brand. Plenty of others who I can't recall their name. A few AA meetings in WeHo are so cliquey and repellent it would make anyone start to drink again.

by Anonymousreply 4102/08/2013

People who are ordered to go like Lilo have to get court cards signed so probably need to go in person. Also, people like her who really want to be seen as being serious about getting sober like to go to meetings and be seen so that paparrazi can report that they were at a meeting.

by Anonymousreply 4202/08/2013

It's the truth, R40.

There are many people who go to AA meetings, but not all of them are in recovery, even some who haven't used recently. Look at some of the crazy people who've posted on DL and claim to be in recovery. Those bedbugs are sitting in the same rooms with people who are actually trying to turn their lives around.

I was fortunate to have good sponsors in my early days who explained the importance of such things as anonymity, the bedrock of AA.

by Anonymousreply 4302/08/2013

People like Lilo go around the corner to the nearest bar as soon as the meeting is over.

by Anonymousreply 4402/08/2013

Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, Russel Brand, Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Adam Baldwin, too many others to name.

Sorry if this makes me an asshole, but I've been a DLer years longer than I've been sober. I might be a recovering alkie, but I'm loyal goddamit.

by Anonymousreply 4502/08/2013

This thread is fucked up. Most people in AA respect the anonymity of its participants. Those who don't are as sick as the guy who started this thread.

by Anonymousreply 4602/08/2013

One of the things you learn in the A programs is not to be judgmental. So the judgmental marys on here slamming people for outting the alkies/NA people should get a life.

As was said before, if they really really want to be anon they can go on line. But they're attention whores first.

by Anonymousreply 4702/08/2013

OP, I saw your mom and dad. How 'bout that.

by Anonymousreply 4802/08/2013

Bullshit, R47. Learning not to be judgmental is nowhere in the AA Steps or Traditions.

However, the principle of Anonymity certainly is.

by Anonymousreply 4902/08/2013

Why does it have to be anonymous? Why should someone feel ashamed if they like to drink too much.? Big deal.

by Anonymousreply 5002/08/2013

There's a local celebrity who occasionally attends meetings. When he does, everyone talks about it for weeks. It really makes me a bit sick. People justify it by saying that there is no anonymity within the fellowship, we are only anonymous to non-AAs. Personally, I go by the slogan 'Who you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.' Who I see at a meeting and a member's individual progress is nobody's business - if I heard it or saw it at a meetkng I won't discuss it.

by Anonymousreply 5102/08/2013

for r49 - wrong babe. But I understand. You're angry and resentful. Read this from the BB.

""It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about justifiable anger? If somebody cheats us, arent we entitled to be mad? Cant we be properly angry with self-righteous folk? For us of A.A. these are dangerous exceptions. We have found that justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it."

by Anonymousreply 5202/08/2013

God. This fucking squabbling is why I no longer attend AA.

by Anonymousreply 5302/08/2013

R50, you might try pondering OP's question about which celebrities go to AA meetings. In there somewhere is buried the clue that will help you answer your question.

Actually, the principle of anonymity goes beyond the identity of the people in the meetings. Anonymity also means that everyone who walks into an AA meeting has equal status, and that's been invaluable to AA's continuation. There is no hierarchy that makes one recovering alcoholic more important than another. Meetings have a chairperson, but that person is only there for that meeting.

Having said that, of course there are people in the meetings who have ego problems, but most of us learn early on to ignore them.

by Anonymousreply 5402/08/2013

Anthony Hopkins, Diana Ross, Matt Dillon

by Anonymousreply 5502/08/2013

Rebel Wilson likes the drinky

by Anonymousreply 5602/08/2013

Cheyenne Jackson? Really?

by Anonymousreply 5702/08/2013

TBH I don't think there's too many surprises on the list of celebs who attend AA meetings or NA meetings. Almost all of them are known to have issues.

by Anonymousreply 5802/08/2013

Is drinking really that hard to stop? I don't know because I can't stand the taste of alcohol. It's not like it tastes like candy or chocolate.

by Anonymousreply 5902/08/2013

You honestly think drinking is about enjoying the flavor? It doesn't have anything to do with the alcohol in the drink?

by Anonymousreply 6002/08/2013

We had an adorable newcomer and I couldn't figure out why there was such a strong reaction to him - outright disdain or adoration. Turns out he was a porn star of the moment. Poor baby put on sober weight and the bitchiness hit record levels.

In theory, you are judged by your behavior in the rooms. You would think Gay AA was a safe harbor against prejudice. A celebrity is dragged through everyone's database of second-hand information.

by Anonymousreply 6102/08/2013

I've known a few prostitutes who ran into that too, R61. It's really hard for sex workers to get sober because of the way they're treated by some of the fringe area crazies in AA, especially the ones who get Jesus when they put down the bottle. They're probably worse than the guys who harass them for sex.

by Anonymousreply 6202/08/2013

Life's too short, you might as well enjoy your drugs & liquor.

by Anonymousreply 6302/08/2013

[quote]Maybe not shocking to you, but I bet the average person would be surprised to find out the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the most prestigious hospital in the area was drunk through all the years he was operating on people. I'm also sure they would be a bit amazed at how many airline pilots are drunks.

I don't understand your strange references to alcoholic medical professionals being well-paid, powerful and working with and volunteering with children. Huh?

You might want to remember that most people don't casually drift in and out of detox and treatment like you apparently do.

R29, I wasn't being hostile. I also haven't been in rehab or detox since my early 20s.

I don't think I made any "strange" references. I got to know quite a bit about these people. In addition to some of them being exactly what I said they are, some of them specialized in pediatrics or held other leadership positions with children's organizations, a few of whom admitted to transporting or working directly with children while high.

And I've heard a lot of "normal person" jokes about pilots being drunks. I just think a lot of people do acknowledge things like this on some level, but they choose not to think about it.

by Anonymousreply 6402/08/2013

Oh, damn. Quote fail...

by Anonymousreply 6502/08/2013

All this AA crap is utter nonsense and a waste of time that fucks with people's heads. As my wise and beloved grandmother used to say, "You know how you stop drinking? You STOP drinking!" And, fyi, alcoholism is NOT a disease people!

by Anonymousreply 6602/08/2013

The ONLY good thing about AA is the notion of a group of people with a common problem getting together to help each other out. It's things like The Book and The Steps and the insistence that all members force some kind of spirituality on themselves that ruins it. Individual differences are not respected in AA - you're simply told that if you're a REAL alcoholic, you have to do as they say, and that if you're successful using any other method, then you were never a "real alcoholic" to begin with (as if some people just go through a period of "faking" an addiction that they don't really have - bitch, PLEASE). If you've never been a hardcore, blackout drunk, you'll just be lectured on how you WILL become one if you don't accept the reality of your "disease" as it's described in some archaic 1930s book written by men with little to no actual knowledge on the subject. Read the "Description of the Alcoholic" in the Big Book. It reads like cult dogma, designed to convince people how weak and powerless they are without AA, how they will never truly "recover" and must accept dependence on the group for life. It's some of the most negative and depressing shit I've ever seen in my life (perfect for someone who enters "the rooms" because they're guilty of nothing more than depression and low self-esteem).

Here's an essay from an addictions counselor who was trained at Hazelden about the negativity in AA and the self-defeating thoughts it promotes. She says it better than I could.

by Anonymousreply 6702/08/2013

I didn't know Anthony Hopkins was a lush. Good for him for not being a mess (in his professional life at least).

by Anonymousreply 6802/08/2013

Wow, that's a good read, R67. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 6902/08/2013

Thanks, r67.

I was exposed to a heavy dose of gossiping, backstabbing, petty politics, and power trippers when I entered "the rooms" in the largely gay community of my town. It was anything but anonymous.

Back to what matters here... saw Robin W. share at a meeting once. I won't repeat what he said, but he's very public about his experience with addiction. And pretty damned funny.

Seen a few retired porn stars with multiple addictions, some of whom have already been discussed here. Not going to "out" those guys.

by Anonymousreply 7002/08/2013

I agree with R67. And I feel the same way about the few other self-proclaimed methods.

AA/12 has evolved many sayings and cliches that try to include everyone's attitudes, but it really only works in theory; not so much in practice.

by Anonymousreply 7102/08/2013

As a member of AA for almost 28 years, I'm appalled at the abuse of the fellowship here. Many people appear to have attenhnded meetings of some of the 12 step fellowships but feel the need to abuse them. I have seen several famous people in meetings and would never, ever even hint at their presence in meetings. And while there are obviously problems with what happens in the fellowships at times, no-one is under suress to attend meetings. The fellowships facilitate recovery for all types of addicts on an on-going bassis. No-one claims that they are perfect! Just like any institution, there will be individulas who abuse trust, power, knowledge and niaivity. We can;t just slate the whole of the fellowships because of some weaknesses. That's like saying we should ban all schools because of some bad ppupils. And when people buy into the whole fame game, they run this type of risk in many areas of life, not just in fellowships.

by Anonymousreply 7202/23/2013


AA won't shut up about resentments.

by Anonymousreply 7302/23/2013

r72, go have a drink it will lighten you up!!

by Anonymousreply 7402/23/2013

OK, silly question time, I understand that the recovering alcoholic doing the 12 steps must "make amends" to those they have "wronged" (for lack of a better word). So, a cute, sexy guy is doing this step and realizes he must make amends to you; you tell him the only way amends will be made is to have sex, starting with the cute, sexy amends maker going over the knee of the amends makee and getting a firm, but friendly, spanking. Would this be a legit way to "make amends"--kind of like make-up sex?

by Anonymousreply 7502/24/2013

Celebs aren't half as interesting as most people think.

Exhibit A: Britney on X-Factor. There's no there, there.

by Anonymousreply 7602/24/2013

Quite a few years back, Elaine Stitch was in Cambridge, MA doing a new Edward Albee play at American Repertory Theatre. A friend of mine went to an AA meeting that Ms. Stritch was attending during her run in the play. I only 'out' her because she is very open about it. So, I went to one meeting where she was the scheduled speaker to tell her 'story.' She was so funny - and honest. Many years later, in her Broadway show - AT LIBERTY - she references her drunk history quite a bit.

by Anonymousreply 7702/24/2013

Making ammends doesn't mean you have to do anything the wronged person asks of you. I don't know where you got that crazy idea, r75.

Years ago I remember Bobby Brown was in rehab and shared in either a 12 step meeting or other group situation about how he married Whitney thiking she occassionally played around with women, only to find out that she was 100% lesbian and he thought he should get out of the marriage, blah, blah, blah. Someone in the group IMMEDIATELY checked out of the facility to cash in on the story with the tabloids. The story was covered on the TV tabloid shows for a few days then disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 7802/24/2013

AA indoctrinates as insidiously as Scientology

by Anonymousreply 7902/24/2013

I was in a rehab facility in the middle of flyover. I mean it was NOT for the rich and famous. Yet, there were 2 television TV news people there that were foreign to me but well known to others. There is no anonymity in AA. It is a bunch of gossip queens just like here except they pretend otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 8002/24/2013

Another of the 12 Step meetings even has a line in its closing "let there be no gossip or criticism."


by Anonymousreply 8102/24/2013

I saw two celebs smoking outside an AA location in the West Village.

by Anonymousreply 8202/24/2013

r27, styroform cups at meetings? Not if Bloomberg has his way.

by Anonymousreply 8303/04/2013

r66 is right. Alcoholism became a "disease" when doctors figured out they could open clinics and make money from insurance companies.

by Anonymousreply 8403/04/2013

And is he going to do something about AA coffee, too, R83?

by Anonymousreply 8503/04/2013

There's a direct link between alcoholism and sugar imbalance, yet sugar-laden doughtnuts are offered at every meeting along with coffee and lots of packets of sugar. The condition can't improve since AA enables members to continue the problem.

by Anonymousreply 8603/04/2013

Also caffeine can trigger addictive behavior, so then need to switch to decaf and stop smoking too. Just see what it's like to be totally sober for a while.

by Anonymousreply 8703/04/2013

I am an alcoholic who firmly believes AA saved my life. I'm wondering about the people here who haven't been able to stop drinking. When someone compared AA to Scientology, I wondered what they feel AA would have to gain by that? There are NO DUES OR FEES FOR AA MEMBERSHIP,WE ARE SELF-SUPPORTING THOUGH OUR OWN CONTRIBUTIONS The ONLY requirement for membership is a desire to STOP DRINKING!. As far as the "disease"aspect goes,the best way I could make someone whose not an alcoholic understand that,is to say I have a disease,that tells me I don't have a disease. Alcoholism is insidious and deadly. Almost all violent crime involves alcohol.especially domestic violence.

I really don't need to worry about people who don't need AA,because there are SO many who do. I wouldn't have bothered posting this,were it not for the fact that so many people here have chosen to attack AA, an organization that has helped many millions of drunks stop drinking and get on with their lives.

by Anonymousreply 8803/04/2013

R4= serious alcoholic who can 'control his drinking'. Except when he can't, which is most of the time.

by Anonymousreply 8903/04/2013

Thanks. [189].

by Anonymousreply 9003/04/2013

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by Anonymousreply 9103/04/2013

Been to a varied amount of AA meetings in LA area and seen celebs. While I don't by into the AA mantra, I believe it is an ethical decision to NOT divulge their presence in a public forum.

by Anonymousreply 9203/04/2013

R93...go for it...I have been to rehab and to AA meetings. Not ashamed and would not mind others knowing. However, one of the most common characteristics of alcoholics is shame. I would not divulge names of anybody since their going to AA is a personal effort to better themselves. Honestly, only an asshole would do so...Are you an asshole?

by Anonymousreply 9403/04/2013

[quote]There is no anonymity in AA. It is a bunch of gossip queens just like here except they pretend otherwise.

Bingo, R80. I know many people who are active in AA and/or NA, and I swear, whenever I'm around them the conversation almost inevitably turns to who's (GASP!) still smoking pot, or who's (GASP!) still taking certain prescription psychiatric meds, or who's (GASP!) out drinking right at that very moment (or who's assumed to be out drinking because they - GASP! - never took "the steps"). Sometimes I want to tell them that they sound like a bunch of pathetic, nerdy middle school students who are just incredibly bored with their own lives and jealous that other kids are out getting drunk/high while they can't, but of course I don't.

by Anonymousreply 9503/04/2013

Love how some of the posters name celebrities but won't name porn stars. Only on DL are porn stars treated with more respect!

by Anonymousreply 9603/04/2013

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by Anonymousreply 9703/05/2013

It's strange, AA didn't work for me (though I have been sober 20 years) but it did help get me started. What's odd is I could name dozens of celebs at church meetings, alive and some now dead, and nobody would care (they were open and unashamed themselves).

But I swear I would feel like a total douchebag if I did that, even anonymously. It just feels really wrong. So maybe AA worked better for me than I thought it did.

by Anonymousreply 9803/05/2013

I attend AA meetings in Chicago. The only person I've seen at a meeting who is anything close to a celebrity has been a famous academic. Professor X is not exactly a household name to most people, but is extremely well-known and well-respected in within their academic specialty. X's spouse, also an academic, is even better known than X, and is also apparently a total alkie, though based on the parts of X's story that I've heard, I don't know whether the spouse is in recovery.

My AA friends have identified two celebrities they've seen at meetings. I will out them here because, for reasons that will become apparent, in these two cases I don't think it's unethical to do so.

One of these people is Roger Ebert. Ebert has been an AA member for many years and is quite open about this fact. He apparently met his wife at AA. A few years ago he wrote a very moving piece about AA, which I've linked to it below. I don't know if Ebert still attends meetings. For a number of years now he has been physically unable to drink alcohol, or to talk (though obviously he can still listen, and many people find the listening to be the most powerful part of the AA experience). Friends I know in the program said that Ebert was a regular attendee at Chicago meetings for many years, and he was respected for the service work he did for the organization.

The other AA celebrity my AA friends told me about was Chris Farley. When he lived in Chicago he used to attend meetings regularly. A friend who knew him said of him, "He was a really nice guy who just couldn't get the program."

by Anonymousreply 9903/05/2013

Let's get a grip.

I was involved with Al Anon, which is for the families of alcoholics. The problem is on both sides of the family. Is it a disease? Yes, a mental and physical disease that is abusive and crippling. Just grow up with parents like mine.

Does AA help alcoholics? Yes, it can. It is not like Scientology and the idiot posting about clinics has no idea what he is talking about. Here is the truth about AA.

Very very few alcoholics get into AA. The overwhelming majority continue their drinking and die like my parents did of complications from the disease (i.e, colon cancer and liver cancer). Here is a strange fact.

There is an established link between alcoholism and cancer. The number of deaths caused by drunk drivers is indisputable. The violent crimes brought on by drinking is common knowledge.

However, no one will ban drinking. Smoking? Yes. Super sized sodas? Yes. Trans fats? Yes. Drinking?

Spare me talk about Prohibition. The fact is that bars are central to local revenue. You will never see an attempt to limit drinking the way you have smoking. Never. Fact: You will make more on the bar than the food at a restaurant. Fact: The distributors of alcohol have an extraordinary influence in politics. Fact: Alcohol can cause problems, and ruin lives.

So people gossip about who goes to AA? Big. Fucking. Deal.

by Anonymousreply 10003/05/2013

Thank you r99 for your post, it actually almost made me cry.

by Anonymousreply 10103/05/2013

There have been some major misconceptions about AA on this thread that I want to clear up. I'm doing this mainly for the benefit of anyone who believes they may have a drinking problem and is thinking of giving AA a try.

The biggest misconception is that AA is some kind of dogmatic cult. That has not been my experience at all. The thing to remember about AA is that it's huge, diverse, and totally decentralized. The AA central office has essentially no control over individual meetings, and meetings vary dramatically. Some are very traditional, old school, and religious; others are loose, nontraditional, and go very light on the God stuff. There are even regular meetings for atheists and agnostics that are advertised as such.

While I don't doubt that there are some meetings where people are very dogmatic and authoritarian -- the so-called "AA Nazis" -- I've never personally attended that type of meeting. The meetings I go to, and that I'm most comfortable with, are nontraditional. I've often heard people say at meetings, "Take what you need and leave the rest," and they mean it.Even he Big Book says that the only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking, and that the steps are "a suggested program of recovery" -- not mandatory. No one in AA has ever pressured or coerced me to believe anything in particular, or to do anything in particular. I deeply appreciate this because as a recovering Catholic, I'm allergic dogma and religious bullshit.

AA is not for everyone, and people are certainly capable of recovering from alcoholism and other addictions without it. But for many of us, the fellowship, support, and understanding we found at AA was a beautiful thing, and it was critical in helping us become sober. Many of us have also found the program useful because it has helped us examine and better understand ourselves and our behavior, and has provided some guidelines about how to live and how to be better people. We started going to meetings because we wanted to stop drinking, but we stay because the program continues to give us much more than that.

My main suggestion to anyone who is considering giving AA a try is to attend a lot of different meetings. Meetings vary tremendously and you may have to do some searching to find one that is right for you. There are many specialized meetings that are listed as such -- for example, women-only meetings, men-only meetings, and meetings especially for LGBTQ people, for African-Americans, for Spanish speakers, for teens, for atheists, etc. For myself, finding a recovery community where I felt comfortable was a crucial step in my journey to sobriety.

by Anonymousreply 10203/05/2013

r102 Thank you for that post, you are absolutely right. I just recently got back in contact with a friend from rehab of over 11 years ago. She still does the meetings and I would too if I needed or if someone wanted to. She gave a cute guy my info while he is in my town to hit a meeting, I may do it. The point is you can meet great, lifelong friends in the program and don't have to stay in forever but should still respect and not out anyone.

by Anonymousreply 10303/05/2013

R102 is right. I am sober, did AA for awhile hated it, left and never looked back. I'm not a group person and I didn't need the social support - my friends before I quit weren't alkies. I quit and hanging out them was actually more fun.

As to AA, can it be dogmatic and feel sort of culty/churchy at times? Yup. Conversely, can you totally disregard sponsors or steps or higher powers or commitments and still attend? Yup. The program, ultimately, is up to you.

by Anonymousreply 10403/05/2013

R69 is just mad because she's been fucked in the ass so many times that now when she gets a regular fuck (in the cunt), she farts.

by Anonymousreply 10503/05/2013

Has anyone seen Lindsay Lohan at AA meetings in NYC?

by Anonymousreply 10609/06/2013

[quote]It's really hard for sex workers to get sober because ...

Because they're SEX WORKERS!

Trying to live an honest, authentic sober life, and being able to sell one's sexual gifts for cash seem to be, in my observations, totaaly at odds with each other.

by Anonymousreply 10709/06/2013

Are red tags back? Or is someone just writing "post removed?"

by Anonymousreply 10809/06/2013

People like R4 help keep me sober. I'm sorry you can't get sober but,don't take it out on AA.

Alcoholics Anonymous works.

If you or someone you know needs help getting sober go to a meeting (or take them to one).

It's a drag I can't drink like normal people but, it's a lot easier when I can listen & talk about it with people who identify with me.

by Anonymousreply 10909/06/2013

I think it's OK too drop names and anonymity is at the level of press radio and films also to the individual who said a.a is good in the beginning bit you have to find out why you feel the need to drink and use then you will never stop just a FYI that what you do in your forth and fifth steps obviously you never worked the steps a.a is for life it's not something you graduate from and meetings aren't the program meetings are the fellowship

by Anonymousreply 11005/05/2014

There is an app you can buy called "Steps Away" (or something like that) that tells you which meetings are being held near you, with directions and everything. It seems like that might be too obtrusive, if anyone can download and use the app.

I like to think I can keep a secret, but having inside info about a celebrity is so intoxicating. I had lunch with a client last week and found out his sister is a well-known actress that has been gossiped about quite a bit over the years. (marital issues, infidelity, etc).

Our chat did not cover any addiction problems, but the dirt on family dynamics was shocking. I did look at her IMDB and saw that her family and sibling information is not accurate and only presents one side of her family tree.

I will keep the secret, because it could only be traced back to my client, but it is certainly tempting to blab away, particularly about where she is now, and who she's with romantically.

I would NEVER want to be famous.

by Anonymousreply 11105/05/2014

I saw a minor celebrity at a job interview workshop for the unemployed (he had done modelling and some TV maybe 20 years before). Somehow I wouldn't think to broadcast it to the world, the guy was nice and quiet enough, pretty uninteresting if you ask me.

I did tell a few friends at the time, but it wasn't major news.

by Anonymousreply 11205/05/2014

OP, these meetings are supposed to be anonymous. Is there a reason that you did not sign your post with your actual name?

My ex was in AA, and used to come home with gossip about the celebrities who attended the meetings in Bridgehampton and Amagansett. I found myself yelling at him for breaching the anonymity of the organization -- it bothered me that he wasn't taking the program seriously.

Then again, when I surprised him by waiting outside one of his meetings so that we could go directly out to dinner, it turned out that he wasn't actually at that meeting. His drinking isn't the reason that he's my ex.

by Anonymousreply 11305/05/2014

Alcoholism is a disease and any-one who suffers from it is sick in the head. If you were a celebrity would you sit in a room full of sickos who couls blab details about what you share at a meeting.

by Anonymousreply 11409/05/2015

I was at a fairly well known rehab facility in Minnesota. More than once. Anyway, during my time there I lived with, met, or saw a number of famous people.

Drew Barrymore



Scott Weiland

Layne Stayley

Frank Black

Kelly Deal

Tatum - an acquaintence of mine had a brief affair with her

.....just to name a few

by Anonymousreply 11509/05/2015

anyone ever seen Daniel Radcliffe at an AA meeting - and if so where - NYC or London ?

by Anonymousreply 11609/06/2015

In LA there were big NA meetings (at least 75 people) held several nights a week in the outpatient services building I worked in for about 10 yrs in the late 90s/early 00s that was run by one of our shrinks. I worked a lot of evenings and saw just about every actor/director/producer/musician/model ever thought to have a substance abuse problem in LA coming or going from the meetings. It was a huge but closed meeting and it was thought that it was one of the exclusive meetings for famous people. There were several instances of EMTs having to be called because of an overdose that happened during the meetings and for awhile no one was allowed to go to the bathroom alone.

by Anonymousreply 11709/06/2015
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