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Pass It On: The Story of Bill Wilson and How the A. A. Message Reached the World by Alcoholics AnonymousBill Wilson never got sober or even worked a program. He switched his drug of choice from booze to unfamiliar women in early recovery. He was a self centered 13th stepper. He also enjoyed a nice sobriety break while tripping on LSD so much his wife and Dr. Bob had to perform an intervention. That is why I take little stock in Bills thoughts on the program he plagiarized outright from the Oxford Group. AAs grounding in Christianity and its dogmatic requirement to commune with a God also known in the Twelve Steps as Him with a capital H, while celebrating the end of thinking (they make this clear in the chapter to the agnostics before the meat and potatoes of the main text even begins), is why practical thinking non believers and Bill Wilson biographers alike cant stomach this stuff for very long. Though the idea that men actually talking about their problems could help said problems was probably revolutionary in the 30s when this was first published. Two stars for that and effort.Spontaneous recovery or just plain growing up and not being drug dependent anymore happens statistically more often than folks getting even a one year coin. AA has the worst sucess rate in all of medicine at maybe 3-4%. This is denied or ignored by folks in AA, a program so obviously in denial about its impotence and religiosity its comical. I love how you folks tell me a higher power can be a door knob or a tree or whatever I want when your 12 steps plainly point out that God is a Him, and you need to ask him favors. I also like how your supposed to be ready to have your imperfections removed by God. Hows that one coming along? Perfect yet? Wake up- its the people who help keep other people sober, not a higher power. Its about people helping others . When Bill W. rushed into that church in Akron 80 years ago he wanted a priest not because he wanted communion with a higher power, he wanted privacy and discretion. So he was turned to a doctor, a man of science and practical thought. They talked, Bill didnt drink, and AA was born. It had nothing to do with God at that church in that phone booth, it was about people helping people. Thats what works in AA, not watered down Christianity. People. Like Soilent Green, its made from people. Thats why even the devout religious cant pray away their alcoholism, they need to talk to real people too . Think about it.
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Regional Forums Information. Bob S. Both had been hopeless alcoholics. Prior to that time, Bill and Dr. Bob had each been in contact with the Oxford Group, a mostly nonalcoholic fellowship that emphasized universal spiritual values in daily living. Samuel Shoemaker. Under this spiritual influence, and with the help of an old-time friend, Ebby T.
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Drawing by Lois Wilson. William Griffith Wilson was born in East Dorset, Vermont on November 26, to Gilman and Emily Griffith Wilson in the middle of a snowstorm and behind the bar of his grandparents' hotel. This inauspicious but curiously suggestive birth would produce the man who decades later both Time and Life magazines would honor as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Bill had a sister, Dorothy, who was four years younger than he. Bill's otherwise happy childhood in rural Vermont was shattered when, at the age of 11, his parents divorced. This trauma was accompanied by feelings of abandonment when his father moved to British Columbia and his mother to Boston where she studied osteopathic medicine and was one of the first women to receive a degree from Harvard University. It was around this time that Bill experienced the first of a series of depressions that he faced throughout his life.
Regional Forums Information. My good friends in A. I also get quite a thrill when I think that we all had the same problem. We all did the same things. We all get the same results in proportion to our zeal and enthusiasm and stick-to-itiveness. If you will pardon the injection of a personal note at this time, let me say that I have been in bed five of the last seven months and my strength hasn't returned as I would like, so my remarks of necessity will be very brief.
This we owe to A. For on A. Reprinted from The A. Service Manual, c , with permission of A. World Services, Inc.