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The Recovery Program of Alcoholics Anonymous

October 30, 2008


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The Recovery Program of Alcoholics Anonymous

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.”

Dick B.

dickb@dickb.com

http://www.dickb.com/index.shtml

Can You Succeed Today with the Big Book, 12 Steps, and Original Program?

I have, and so can you

The Success of Early A.A. as Reported in

Alcoholics Anonymous

“Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement.” [Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, 4th ed. (New York, N.Y.: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2001), page xx]

The Alcoholics Anonymous Original “Program”

as Was Reported by Frank Amos in

DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers

· An alcoholic must realize that he is an alcoholic, incurable from a medical viewpoint, and that he must never drink anything with alcohol in it.

· He must surrender himself absolutely to God, realizing that in himself there is no hope.

· Not only must he want to stop drinking permanently, he must remove from his life other sins such as hatred, adultery, and others which frequently accompany alcoholism. Unless he will do this absolutely, Smith and his associates refuse to work with him.

· He must have devotions every morning–a “quiet time” of prayer and some reading from the Bible and other religious literature. Unless this is faithfully followed, there is grave danger of backsliding.

· He must be willing to help other alcoholics get straightened out. This throws up a protective barrier and strengthens his own willpower and convictions.

· It is important, but not vital, that he meet frequently with other reformed alcoholics and form both a social and a religious comradeship.

· Important, but not vital, that he attend some religious service at least once weekly. [DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers (New York, N.Y.: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc, 1980), 128-36—especially 131.]

There’s not one suggestion in the Big Book, the Twelve Steps, or the highly successful original program as summarized by Frank Amos to Rockefeller that won’t assure your recovery if you thoroughly follow that path. They did it from 1939-1950. I did it, and you can do it. Just come with us, go where we go, do what we do, and get what God has to offer.

Ask an oldtimer today who believes in God, asked for His help, went to any lengths to get it, grew in spiritual understanding and love, and gave himself to others in love and service.

Gloria Deo

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