What Captain Kirk and Sherlock Holmes Can Teach us About Recovery Fellowships

When blessed to be giving a recovery talk, facilitating a recovery workshop, or even just enjoying a recovery event, a fun little experiment to try is to ask people if they know who says the following phrase:  “It’s elementary, dear Watson.”

Follow that up by asking if they know who says the phrase “Beam me up, Scotty.”

How would you answer the questions?  If you’re like most people, chances are good you answered Sherlock Holmes for the first phrase and/or Captain Kirk for the second.

These associations are likely the most popular.  They also happen to be false.

FUN FACT #1: Sherlock Holmes never utters the phrase “It’s elementary, dear Watson.” in a single Sherlock Holmes novel.

FUN FACT #2: Captain Kirk never once says “Beam me up, Scotty” in a single episode of Star Trek.

Similarly, there are many phrases being circulated which people falsely attribute to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is why it is critical that people read their Big Books themselves.

WORDS OF WARNING: Do not let anybody read your Big Book for you.

Many well-intentioned people misquote the Big Book, with potentially fatal consequences.

A wise person once described this phenomena as the difference between AA and SS.  AA being Alcoholics Anonymous and SS being Something Similar.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous is the program and fellowship historically recorded in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Something Similar is anything presented within the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous which directly contradicts and/or subverts the information recorded in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

The differences between these two can be subtle and, to the uniformed, difficult to distinguish.

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