Alcoholics Anonymous AA History part 02

 
As part of the therapy, the new member analyzes his personal feelings and sets out conscientiously to remedy them. It is never an easy fight and at times the craving for liquor can be overpowering. But at any time of day or night, another member stands ready to give him the help and sympathy he needs. Hello? This is Fred look, can you come over? I gotta go out and buy a drink. If I don’t, I’m gonna go crazy. I don’t know how much longer I can hold off.

Could you stick it out for a quarter of an hour? Ten or fifteen minutes and I’ll be there. Okay.

I was just going up .

Okay, fella. Take it easy. Sit down now. I know what you’re going through. It’s the same thing I’ve been through a hundred times. Relax just relax. Remember the time I told you about when I was so bad that I couldn’t sleep for two days? Each victory of alcohol wins him added confidence and he acquires additional moral strength by seeking out all those you have wronged and making amends. So I wanted you to know. I’m sorry. I tried to sucked you. I acted like a hell.

Oh anyone’s have to take a drink too many. It’s alright. Forget it. Of those who sincerely ask help Alcoholic Anonymous claims 75 percent will recovered. Some immediately, some after several relapses. A rate of success far above that credited to any other method. But no true alcoholic is ever cured of his inability to handle liquor. As long as he lives, his only security is in never taking a drink. Listen Fred. You’ve been on the wagon long enough. How bout just one little quickie? No thanks. You see with me it wouldn’t be just one. Don’t mind if I do, do you?

Not a bit. Just give me plain ginger ale. The influence of Alcoholics Anonymous is spreading. In the US, Great Britain, Canada and Australia already has rehabilitated over 24,000 men and women. Of whom many have become volunteers, working to save others. Alcoholics Anonymous and other organizations combating alcoholism are gaining ground. Bringing to the public a sense of the true nature of the problem, through such spokesmen as the director of the National Committee for Education on alcoholism, Mrs. Marty Mann. Alcoholism has too long been a taboo subject. Just as Tuberculosis used to be forty years ago. We’re trying to teach people the truth. That alcoholism is a disease, and then because it is a disease it should have no stigma attached to it.

Alcoholics should be dealt with like other sick persons in hospitals and clinics. Not in jails. Alcoholism, America’s fourth greatest public health problem. Can be solve by community action. The national committee stands ready to help your community plan such action. Science has not yet fully explained the inner mechanisms of the problem drinker. But today it has been demonstrated through experience t hat the sympathy and understanding of one alcoholic can help reclaim another. And that in such brotherhood lies many an alcohlic’s last best hope. You think you’re sunk, you think you’re through. Well, you’re not. You may not be able to help yourself. There’s plenty of us to help you. If you really want us to. Time marches on.

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