It is an honor and a privilege
to be a contributor to my new
Blog site. And, in the ensuing
months, I plan to provide accurate,
comprehensive, truthful materials
on the spiritual roots and successes
of early Alcoholics Anonymous.
Pioneer A.A. in Akron
had a documented 75% to 93% success
rate. Dr. Bob and his Akron crew
developed a very simple recovery
program within their Christian
Fellowship. And those who gave
it their best could and did claim
that they had been cured of alcoholism.
Yes cured! Bill Wilson said so.
Dr. Bob said so. Bill Dotson (A.A.
Number Three) said so (See Big
Book, p. 191 for an example).
And so did the others for almost
the first decade.
Then came revisions,
and downward percentage of successes.
Decades of false security followed.
Accompanied by events that have
seen A.A. stop growing, multitudes
leave in favor of other groups,
and A.A. itself become host to
no more than one to five percent
successes among those within the
rooms. What a crusher for those
of us who received and hopefully
gave so much within the rooms
of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Nobody is going to
change A.A. But AAs can certainly
learn all there is to know about
their history, their original
program, and the reliance on the
Creator that was the essence of
its success. I want to be one
of those who tells the facts.
For one thing, early AAs favored
the Book of James, to the point
of wanting to call the society
The James Club. And the first
chapter of James tells us why.
It spoke of patience. It spoke
of asking Godís wisdom without
doubting. It spoke of resisting
temptation. It spoke of doing
the Word of God, not just hearing
it. And it spoke of real help
for others. It went on to espouse
the royal law of love thy neighbor
as thyself and the practical admonition
that faith without works is barren
I never miss an opportunity to
tell people today that they can
be believers within the ranks
of 12 Step Fellowships. They donít
need to run and hide. They donít
need to cower in a corner. They
need to hear that God, the Good
Book, and the acceptance of Jesus
Christ were part and parcel of
the early successes of the real
spiritual program of recovery.
They need to understand that they
have the choice today to look
upward to God instead of outward
on misery. Their own early days
back up the wisdom of choosing
Yahweh our Creator as the power
that heals, loves, forgives, and
delivers. All this while offering
today both participation and service
in the great fellowship of Alcoholics
If, as Bill Wilson wrote, love and
tolerance are our code; and if, as
Dr. Bob so often said, the whole thing
boils down to love and service, then
the message that God can do for us
what we could not do for ourselves
is as viable today as it was when
old-timers were willing to say and
believe that very thing.
God Bless, Dick B., June, 2005, Kihei,
© Dick B.