WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS?
Identification with the “common problem” is what Bill W., a New York stockbroker, found was the key ingredient. After he shared his experience with Ohio surgeon Dr. Bob, he was able to get sober. Both had beenconsidered hopeless alcoholics, yet neither man was to drink again. That was in 1935. From the initial success of one sober alcoholic’s sharing his “experience, strength, and hope” with an alcoholic still drinking, an informal society of more than one million recovered alcoholics in more than ninetycountries has blossomed.
A.A. has found that it cannot furnish the initial motivation for sobriety. While alcoholism has now generally become recognized as a disease,acceptance of one’s own condition, in the final analysis, seems to be the result of self-diagnosis. Doctors and other informed persons may clearly see thesymptoms and give helpful guidance, but the alcoholic makes thedetermination that brings acceptance and a…
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