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FIRST A.A. PAMPHLET
Derived from The Series of Six Articles from "The Houston
-Larry J.* -April 1940
J. came to Houston from Cleveland with only a Big Book
and a Spiritual Experience resulting from having taken
the Steps while hospitalized. His Sponsors were Dr. Bob
& Clarence S. He had not attended an A.A. meeting
before coming to Houston.
ANONYMOUS is an informal society of ex-alcoholics who
aim to help fellow problem drinkers recover their health.
growing, now numbering about 8000, our Fellowship is spreading
throughout the country. The first member recovered seven
years ago. Strong chapters, over one hundred alcoholic men
and women each, are to be found in Cleveland, Ohio--Akron,
Ohio--New York City. Vigorous beginnings have been made
in Los Angeles. Baltimore, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Chicago,
Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington D. C., St. Louis, and
of A.A. believe that two-thirds of our number have already
laid the foundation for permanent recovery. More than half
of us have had no relapse at all despite the fact we have
often been pronounced incurable.
approach to alcoholism is squarely based on our own drinking
experience, what we have learned from medicine and psychiatry,
and upon certain spiritual principles common to all creeds.
We think each mans religious views, if he has any,
are his own affair. No member is obliged to conform to anything
whatever except to admit that he has the alcoholic illness
and that he honestly wishes to be rid of it.
every shade of opinion is expressed among us we take no
position as a group, upon controversial questions. We are
only trying to aid the sick men and distracted families
who want to be at peace. We have found that genuine tolerance
of others, coupled with a friendly desire to be of service
is most essential to our recovery. There are no dues or
fees; our alcoholic work is an avocation.
Alcoholic Foundation of New York is our national headquarters.
Your inquiries will be answered if addressed to Post Office
Box 658, Church Street Annex, New York City.
Fellowship publishes a book called Alcoholics Anonymous
setting forth our experience and methods at length. An excellent
review of the volume by Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick appears
on page 27 of this booklet. Directions for obtaining the
book and a detailed description of the Alcoholic Foundation
will also be found there.
page 32 physicians will find an excellent medical paper
describing our approach. This paper appeared last year in
The Journal Lancet (Minneapolis) and was written
by Dr. W. D. Silkworth, Chief Physician at the Charles B.
Towns Hospital, New York, where our work had its inception
five years ago.
can no better present the spirit and purpose of Alcoholics
Anonymous than to invite reading of six articles which
recently appeared in The Houston Press. These pieces
were written by one of our newer members, a newspaperman
who, scarcely two years ago, found himself in that shadowy
No Mans Land which lies just between Here and Here-after.
Due to grave alcoholism and pulmonary trouble, two institutions
had refused to admit him--too nearly dead, they thought.
Then he found the Cleveland A.A. Fellowship. Now hes
on a Texas newspaper!
Mr. Anonymous of Houston and his editor tell you about it----
published by the Houston Press)
but still alive, is the question as to when the drinking
of alcoholic beverages ceases to be a social lubricant,
an aid to conviviality, a solace to the weary and distressed,
a tonic to the body and spirit; and when it becomes a devourer
of health, success and happiness.
of independent spirit like to settle the question for themselves.
inclined to reform their neighbors--and even many otherwise
reticent people, because they are honestly and generously
concerned over the welfare at least of those near to them--sometimes
come to the front with suggestions for the control of drinking,
or even for its abolition.
neither of these attitudes is the concern of Alcoholics
Anonymous, a group of several hundred ex-drinkers who have
taken to the wagon by a technique of their own, and who
are riding there today after most of them had been pronounced
hopeless by friends, families, employers, physicians, ministers,
psychiatrists, hospitals and sanitariums.
call themselves true alcoholics--people in whom alcohol
becomes a disease for which medical and psychiatric science
has not yet found a specific cure.
say their cure works. They show as witness hundreds of lives
restored to health and usefulness, hundreds more among their
families relieved of terror and despair, and restored to
happiness through the alcoholics changed lives.
Press thinks their problem and their unusual success
with it is so important that it begins today a series of
six articles on Alcoholics Anonymous, written by One
of Them, now living in Houston.
series should provoke thought among the friends and families
of alcoholics, among physicians and psychiatrists,
ministers, social workers, employers, mens and womens
Press takes a liberal attitude on drinking. It stood
for repeal of prohibition. But even the liquor industry,
we believe, would wish success to a technique that promises
much to the men and women who cannot handle their drinks.
and comment are invited.
Houston Press Index
Story of a Way
Out for Hopeless Drinkers
to Drink: Alcoholic's Burden
How it Started
and Gained Speed
to Overcome Alcoholism
A New Approach
to Psychotherapy in Chronic Alcoholism