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DIGEST, Vol.25 (12) 111, October, 1961
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS OPERATES
by Collie Small
Anonymous is a "fellowship of men and women who
share their experience, strength, and hope with each other,"
effort to stay sober and "help others to recover from
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
There are no dues, no rules, only 12 suggested steps to
which resemble the Christian's confession of faith. They
the members willingness to share his troubles with God,
understands Him, and with at least one other A.A. member.
The strength of the whole, in A.A., is more than the sum
its parts. When an A.A. feels an overwhelming urge to drink,
can hurry to an A.A. meeting (nightly in big cities, twice
in smaller towns) to gain support from his fellow members.
impulse comes at an off hour, a quick phone call to a fellow
usually gives him the courage he needs to abstain.