They Stopped in Time
Among todays incoming A.A. members, many have
never reached the advanced stages of alcoholism, though given time all
Most of these fortunate ones have had little or no
acquaintance with delirium, with hospitals, asylums, and jails. Some
were drinking heavily, and there had been occasional serious episodes.
But with many, drinking had been little more than a sometimes uncontrollable
nuisance. Seldom had any of these lost either health, business, family,
Why do men and women like these join A.A.?
The seventeen who now tell their experiences answer
that question. They saw that they had become actual or potential alcoholics,
even though no serious harm had yet been done.
They realized that repeated lack of drinking control, when they really
wanted control, was the fatal symptom that spelled problem drinking.
This, plus mounting emotional disturbances, convinced them that compulsive
alcoholism already had them; that complete ruin would be only a question
Seeing this danger, they came to A.A. They realized
that in the end alcoholism could be as mortal as cancer; certainly no
sane man would wait for a malignant growth to become fatal before seeking
Therefore, these seventeen A.A.s, and hundreds
of thousands like them, have been saved years of infinite suffering.
They sum it up something like this: We didnt wait to hit
bottom because, thank God, we could see the bottom. Actually, the bottom
came up and hit us. That sold us on Alcoholics Anonymous.
(1) The Missing Link
He looked at everything as the cause of his unhappinessexcept
Fear of Fear
This lady was cautious. She decided she wouldnt let
herself go in her drinking. And she would never, never take that
morning drink! PDF
(3) The Housewife Who Drank
She hid her bottles in clothes hampers and dresser drawers.
In A.A., she discovered she had lost nothing and had found everything.
(4) Physician, Heal Thyself!
Psychiatrist and surgeon, he had lost his way until he realized
that God, not he, was the Great Healer. PDF
(5) My Chance to Live
A.A. gave this teenager the tools to climb out of her dark
abyss of despair. PDF
(6) Student of Life
Living at home with her parents, she tried using willpower
to beat the obsession to drink. But it wasnt until she met
another alcoholic and went to an A.A. meeting that sobriety took
(7) Crossing the River of
She finally realized that when she enjoyed her drinking,
she couldnt control it, and when she controlled it, she couldnt
enjoy it. PDF
(8) Because Im an
This drinker finally found the answer to her nagging question,
(9) It Might Have Been Worse
Alcohol was a looming cloud in this bankers bright sky.
With rare foresight he realized it could become a tornado. PDF
Trying to navigate separate worlds was a lonely charade that
ended when this gay alcoholic finally landed in A.A. PDF
(11) Flooded With Feeling
When a barrier to God collapsed, this self-described agnostic
was at Step Three. PDF
(12) Winner Takes All
Legally blind but no longer alone, she found a way to stay
sober, raise a family, and turn her life over to the care of God. PDF
Me an Alcoholic?
Alcohols wringer squeezed this authorbut he escaped
quite whole. PDF
(14) The Perpetual Quest
This lawyer tried psychiatrists, biofeedback, relaxation exercises,
and a host of other techniques to control her drinking. She finally
found a solution, uniquely tailored, in the Twelve Steps. PDF
(15) A Drunk, Like You
The more he listened at meetings, the more he came to know
about his own drinking history. PDF
(16) Acceptance Was the Answer
The physician wasnt hooked, he thoughthe just prescribed
drugs medically indicated for his many ailments. Acceptance was his
key to liberation. PDF
(17) Window of Opportunity
This young alcoholic stepped out a second-story window and
into A.A. PDF