“For me, riding helps my recovery and I also need that fellowship which is a big part of Alcoholics Anonymous,” he says.
ARM was founded in 1986 by Judy and Jack Jensen of Wisconsin and now has more than 100 chapters in the USA, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Guam, England, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Thailand and Netherlands.
Australia has had a chapter in Western Australia since 2005 and has a new Chapter forming in NSW.
“One of the original members in WA was directed to an alcohol counsellor by police after an incident and that counsellor directed him to an AA meeting that was founded by ARM members; he is still sober today, nine years later,” says Warren who is also proud of being sober himself for over 20 years.
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Warren says he was a “blackout drunk” when he was in the military in his 20s.
“I came out of blackouts in other countries. I’d start drinking in one country and wake up in another and not know how I got there and that can be extremely dangerous in the military,” he says.
“The military didn’t help me at all with my drinking problem, and at the end when I was at my rock bottom, I made a desperate phone call to AA.
“An AA member spoke with me, and then arranged for three other AA members to visit me at home, and the next day took me to a meeting and thankfully I have been sober ever since.
“But I still had this void because I loved riding and there were no other sober bikers that I knew of to form that brotherhood and bond with.”
Warren says ARM was formed because AA and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) told recovering alcoholics to cut their hair and sell their motorbikes and live a “normal lifestyle”.
“To a biker, riding and brotherhood is a normal lifestyle.
“We didn’t fit the norm of what AA portrayed, so ARM was born out of necessity,” says Warren, 55, who has been riding all his life.
He started riding a Honda CB350 twin, has owned numerous bikes over the years and now rides a 2000 Harley-Davidson Night Train and has a Kawasaki 650 Vulcan S.
Warren got sober in 1992 and became a full member of ARM in 2005.
ARM has more than 1000 members globally. Warren is unsure about Australian membership but says there is “always room for one more”.
“We are bikers who have chosen to remain clean and sober without forsaking the lifestyle of brotherhood in the wind,” he says.
“We are not associated with any other group, nor are we a 1% club.”
ARM owns no property or clubhouses, claims no territory and rides “free of inter-club politics”.
Australian members do not wear the international ARM back patch to ensure there is no conflict with 1% clubs.
“We have been able to grow through our respect for other MCs in the areas we live and ride and by respecting the individuality of our members,” Warren says.