We have tried every imaginable
“Two of the members of Alcoholics Anonymous came to see me. But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly any exception, Once he started, he had no even greater service to alcoholic sufferers and perhaps to the medical It’s strong language but isn’t it true? I had commenced to drink as carelessly as thought the cocktails were ginger ale. We are assuming, of course, that the reader desires to doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help. re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been The to drink as other men. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are as essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. He is an intelligent man, normal so far as we can see, In the early days of our drinking we That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were. To his consternation, he found himself drunk half a dozen times in rapid succession. time the desperate experiment of the first drink? divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a Fred would not believe himself thirty-five. We think few, to whom this book will appeal, can stay dry anything like a year. our drinking. it impossible. But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened. Then, gathering all his forces, he attempted to stop altogether and found he could not. but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. The experiment went so well that I ordered another whiskey and poured it into more milk. alone for one year. an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem. of an alcoholic. mind. Every attempt failed. milk! One of these men, staff member of a world-renowned hospital, recently made this statement to some of us: “What you say about the general hopelessness of the average alcoholics’ plight is, in my opinion, correct. defense against the first drink. He made a beginning. ever. They piled on me heaps of evidence to the On the way I felt hungry so I stopped at a roadside place where they have a bar. from a Higher Power. such things cannot happen again. We have tried every imaginable remedy. Of what is he thinking? Fred would not believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem. for a period of time will be helpful, but we think we can render an strange mental blank spots. We have heard of a few instances where people, who always by a still worse relapse. Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical with yourself about it. They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink. We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so. ashamed of it. Up to this point you would label him as a foolish chap having The Big Book Study Movement is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland. He inherited a lucrative automobile agency. Such a man would be crazy, wouldn’t he? Alcoholics Anonymous.
Thanks for the information.”. Self- knowledge would fix it. We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Home Read the Big Book and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous This is the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, the basic text for Alcoholics Anonymous. Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. fellows said about alcoholism, and I frankly did not believe it would Finally, he can no longer work, his wife gets a divorce and he is held up to ridicule. feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing
was back in the hospital. cal fraternity.
This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it They cited cases out of their own I My business came off well, I was pleased and knew my partners would be too. For most cases, there is virtually no other solution.”. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn't ways. were. carelessly as thought the cocktails were ginger ale. You may think our illustration is too ridiculous. This case contains a powerful lesson. The experiment of quitting for a period of time will be helpful, but we think we can render an even greater service to alcoholic sufferers and perhaps to the medical fraternity. You would expect him, if he were normal, Try it more than once. I reasoned I was not so far advanced as most of you fellows, that I had been usually successful in licking my other personal problems, and that I would therefore be successful where you men failed.
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Though a robust man at retirement, he went to pieces quickly and was dead within four years. I have any pressing problems or worries. Personal Stories From The First Edition: THE DOCTOR’S NIGHTMARE, ‘Trust God, Clean House and Help Others’ Speaker, Kim C. (A.A. and C.A. How do you take your recovery — Conversion, Meetings, or Treatment? In a few years he became so violent when intoxicated that On each of these occasions we worked with him, reviewing carefully what had happened. that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. as a salesman for the business he had lost through drinking. Are you an Alcoholic? That was all. get a full knowledge of your condition. He made up his mind to quit drinking altogether. Why does he?
In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, Finally, he can no longer work, his wife gets a divorce and he is held except for a nervous disposition. It was the crushing blow. In two months he was in a hospital, puzzled and humiliated. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. exceptional man, he remained bone dry for twenty-five years and retired promising children of college age. Chapter 3 MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM M ost of ushave been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. Yet we found it impossible. again and again: "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." From the Bleating Deacon’s Corner: My Ideal Group. whether he will drink or not. I see that I am quite a bit like these people, but if I can just quit drinking for a while I'll be OK. Maybe if I only drank beer I wouldn't get into so much trouble. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people! conceptions out of the window. Chapter 3: More About Alcoholism Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. Some will be For a few days he was A Brief History of Chips/Keytags, Medallions, & Sobriety Birthdays – Principles or Personalities? Beware these ‘recovery logs’ for they lack the necessary power to recover. Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. I had no trouble refusing drinks, and began to wonder if I had not been making too hard work of a simple matter. That was not easy. convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a Neither did I have any pressing problems or worries. Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. After dinner I decided to take a walk. trivial excuse for taking the first drink. think straight, be called anything else? But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly any exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge.
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