The Healer: Bill W. In 1934 Bill Wilson had a spiritual awakening--a flash of white light, a liberating awareness of God--that led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and Bill's revolutionary 12-step program. Second Lieut. Bill W. didn't think twice when the first butler he had ever seen offered him a drink. The 22-year-old soldier didn't think about how alcohol had destroyed his family.
No Booze, but Plenty
of Babes. Some AA's go to meetings to hear how to stay dry. The others-well,
many have discovered their club is a faster spot for a pick-up than the
best saloon in town!
An American Phenomenon. Americans react to most social problems by first shouting "There oughta be a law," and then calming down to measure the problem and attack it by spontaneous individual effort. Fortune, February 1951
Laymen and Alcoholics. As he came out from under the opiate the man in the hospital bed opened his eyes to black darkness. Somewhere in the room, as if from a distance, his wife was asking quiet questions. Then the doctor was answering her. "I must be frank," he was saying. "I've never known a patient who had reached this phase of this type of alcoholism to recover. Harper's Magazine, September 1941
The First A.A. Pamphlets. Larry Jewell 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 Smith & Clarence Snyder. He had not attended an A.A. meeting before coming to Houston. The Houston Press April 1940
The Uphill Fight Against Alcoholism. What is to be done for the thousands of Americans under sentence of death from this scourge? Here is one city that is trying to find the answer. Reader's Digest, April 1956
The Healer: Bill W. From the rubble of a wasted life, he overcame alcoholism and founded the 12-step program that has helped millions of others do the same. Time Magazine February 2000
Double-Barreled Hope for Alcoholics. Jail is still our main medicine for chronic alcoholics, though actually they're not criminals but sick people. That they're not inherently wicked has been proved by Alcoholics Anonymous; after recovery the vast majority of AAs turn out to be superior citizens. Reader's Digest, October 1950
Skid Row Part 1. Perhaps you’ll recognize one of your old friends or schoolmates on this tour through the jungles of our cities. Skid Row is an open jail for men whose only crime may be poverty or loneliness. Collier's Magazine [Part I], 1949
Skid row part 2. A weird little tale was recently unfolded in Chicago that somehow managed to encompass everything that goes to make up Skid Row, U.S.A. A bum was found dead in the Madison Street jungle and they carted his body off to the morgue. Collier's Magazine [Part II], 1949
A Collection of Book Reviews of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Lest this title should arouse the risibles in any reader first let me state that the general thesis of "Alcoholics Anonymous" is more soundly based psychologically than any other treatment of the subject I have ever come upon.
Counseling the Alcoholic. I ought perhaps to address my remarks primarily to those who have not had the indoctrination, the induction, into the field of counseling the alcoholic that AA members automatically get. The Blue Book, Vol. XVIII, 1966
Anonymous. Doing Great Job in Its New Times Sq. Clubhouse.
Passionately Anonymous The 15,000 men and women who thronged California's Long Beach Memorial Stadium last week differed from most conventioneers in one major respect, there was no danger that any of them would get together in a hotel room to kill a bottle. Time, July 11, 1960.
Alcoholics on the Air.
A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous.
Going Through The Steps.
Alcoholics and God. This
was A.A.'s first successful piece of national publicity. The stories in
the Cleveland Plain Dealer followed shortly hereafter. One result of the
article was that A.A. was started in Philadelphia. George S. of Philadelphia,
one of the first "loners" had sobered up after reading the article.
A new sun is dawning for America's estimated 900,000 alcoholics-a sun of public intelligence which radiates from the Yale Clinic Plan. The American Weekly printed the first comprehensive, authoritative report on the Yale Plan in February 1945, and since that time use of the new method has been spreading.
One of the most difficult problems that any family may be called upon to face is alcoholism. The nature of this illness is such that the alcoholic is unable to overcome his problem alone, yet he often finds it difficult to accept the help he needs from his physician, or Alcoholics Anonymous, or other private or community facilities.
My 50th birthday was one of the happiest I ever knew. Yet I was alone and a widow. I had lost my beloved husband five years before; I had been demoted from a prestigious job as a foreign correspondent in Paris to reporter on my newspaper's woman's page; my closest friend of recent years was gone.
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