Welcome. We are glad you have made it here. You or a loved one has succumbed to the seemingly warm embrace of the automobile, only to find that you cannot live without it. It’s okay. The signs were slow in coming. First, you drove to work. Then you took the kids to school instead of putting them on the school bus. Do you drive to the gym? You are a car addict.
But fear not autoholics – AA uses the methodology of another organization (with a similar abbreviation) to get you on the road to recovery. The autoholic begins with 12 Admissions that amount to coming clean about the role cars have played in your life and the damage that they’ve done. Next comes Autoholics Anonymous’ 12-Step Programme (yes, the organization’s British) consisting of activities and exercises to help get the monkey off of your back (or, from under your ass).
From a satisfied former autoholic:
I loved my car, but my love affair took its toll. I found myself paying the price for my adoration: petrol, service, insurance, parking fees, tolls, speeding tickets… my peace of mind. I began to feel increasingly distressed in traffic jams. I became an angry driver, cursing the incompetent idiots around me. I needed out of this relationship! It took some determination, but I succeeded. I have become much happier and more satisfied with my life. I have taken on new pastimes, and although I have had to become more humble in my expectations, the change has been a question of adjusting my life rather than having to give anything up.
- Eddie Kessler
Autoholics Anonymous opened up on Car-Free Day 2006. Their low, low membership price of £9.95, provides the “Cutting Your Car Use” guidebook, the 12-Step Programme, the monthly email newsletter, and other goodies.
The AA website also offers some online car-themed games, (like Frogger!) because “cars are nothing more than oversized toys. Wean yourself from your two-ton plaything with our therapeutic games. But remember: It’s only make-believe. Should you, however, wind up addicted to online games, here’s help.”