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Its title became the name of the organization and is now usually referred to as "The Big Book".The Traditions recommend that members remain anonymous in public media, altruistically help other alcoholics, and that AA groups avoid official affiliations with other organizations.The sponsor should preferably have experience of all twelve of the steps, be the same sex as the sponsored person, and refrain from imposing personal views on the sponsored person.Following the helper therapy principle, sponsors in AA may benefit from their relationship with their charges, as "helping behaviors" correlate with increased abstinence and lower probabilities of binge drinking.Some members founded the Group to help in maintaining sobriety."Grouper" Ebby Thacher was Wilson's former drinking buddy who approached Wilson saying that he had "got religion", was sober, and that Wilson could do the same if he set aside objections to religion and instead formed a personal idea of God, "another power" or "higher power".In Ireland, Shane Butler said that AA “looks like it couldn’t survive as there’s no leadership or top-level telling local cumanns what to do, but it has worked and proved itself extremely robust.” Butler explained that "AA’s 'inverted pyramid' style of governance has helped it to avoid many of the pitfalls that political and religious institutions have encountered since it was established here in 1946." A member who accepts a service position or an organizing role is a "trusted servant" with terms rotating and limited, typically lasting three months to two years and determined by group vote and the nature of the position.
AA shares the view that acceptance of one's inherent limitations is critical to finding one's proper place among other humans and God.Such ideas are described as "Counter-Enlightenment" because they are contrary to the Enlightenment's ideal that humans have the capacity to make their lives and societies a heaven on earth using their own power and reason.After evaluating AA's literature and observing AA meetings for sixteen months, sociologists David R. Greil found that for an AA member to remain sober a high level of commitment is necessary.Other International General Service Offices (Australia, Costa Rica, Russia, etc.) are independent of AA World Services in New York.Members are encouraged to find an experienced fellow alcoholic, called a sponsor, to help them understand and follow the AA program.