Introduction Continued

AA, Page xvi. paragraph 2, 3rd sentence

He suddenly realized that in order to save himself he must carry his message to another alcoholic.

  • must - requirement and definitely surity

AA, Page xvii

It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery.

  • strenuous - with great effort or vigor
  • vital - necessary for life
  • permanent - lasting

AA, Page xvii, 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence

Their very first case, a desperate one, recovered immediately and became A.A. number three. He never had another drink.

AA, Page xix, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence

As we discovered the principles by which the individual alcoholic could live,...

  • principles - basic truths or concepts by which to establish a guide

AA, Page xxi, last sentence

Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly. Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.

"There are other ways to get sober, but this is the only way that worked for us."

  • answer - a thing done to deal with a situation

AA, The Doctor's Opinion

The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field.

  • unselfishness - not given to selfish behaviors

AA, The Doctors' Opinion, page xxviii

We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker. These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.

Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives.

  • frothy - unsubstantial; trifling; shallow; empty.
  • re-create - to give new life or freshness to : refresh. restore physically or mentally.

AA, Doctor's Opinion, page xxvi last paragraph and into page xxvii

Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks-drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.

On the other hand-and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand-once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.

Men have cried out to me in sincere and despairing appeal: "Doctor, I cannot go on like this! I have everything to live for! I must stop, but I cannot! You must help me!"

Faced with this problem, if a doctor is honest with himself, he must sometimes feel his own inadequacy. Although he gives all that is in him, it often is not enough. One feels that something more than human power is needed to produce the essential psychic change. Though the aggregate of recoveries resulting from psychiatric effort is considerable, we physicians must admit we have made little impression upon the problem as a whole. Many types do not respond to the ordinary psychological approach.

AA, Page 14 last paragraph

My friend emphasized the absolute need of demonstrating these principles in all my affairs. Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me.

AA, Page 15 last sentence.

We meet frequently so that newcomers may find the fellowship they seek.

AA, Page 18. paragraph 4

But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with the facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours.

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AA, Page 29. 1st sentence.

Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we have recovered.

AA, Page 33. 1st paragraph, last sentence

If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.

Non-spiritual basis read page 34

AA, Page 35. last paragraph 3rd sentence

All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life. To his consternation, he found himself drunk half a dozen times in rapid succession.

AA, Page 42. Last paragraph

They outlined the spiritual answer and program of action which a hundred of them had followed... ...But the moment I made my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be. Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.