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24. Physician, Heal Thyself!

Psychiatrist and surgeon, he had lost his way until he realized that God, not he, was the Great Healer.        I AM A PHYSICIAN, licensed to practice in a western state. I am also an alcoholic. In two ways I may be a little different from other alcoholics. First, we all hear at A.A. meetings

23. It Might Have Been Worse

Alcohol was a looming cloud in this banker’s bright sky. With rare foresight he realized it could become a tornado.        HOW CAN a person with a fine family, an attractive home, an excellent position and high standing in an important city become an alcoholic?  As I later found out through Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol is

22. The Housewife Who Drank At Home

She hid her bottles in the clothes hampers and in the dresser drawers. She realized what she was be- coming. In A.A., she discovered she had lost nothing and had found everything.        MY STORY HAPPENS to be a particular kind of woman’s story; the story of the woman who drinks at home. I had

21. His Conscience

It Was The Only Part Of Him That Was Soluble To Alcohol.        HOW WAS I to Know that I was an alcoholic? No one ever told me that I was or even hinted that I had passed the point of no return. Some years ago my thinking was that alcoholics just did not live

20. Unto The Second Generation

A young veteran tells how a few rough experiences pushed him into A.A.—and how he was therefore spared years of suffering.       MY EYES OPENED onto a hazy world. Two fuzzy objects came into focus. Slowly I realized I was in bed and that the objects were my feet, encased in a harness affair. I blinked

19. A Flower Of The South

Somewhat faded, she nevertheless bloomed afresh. She still had her husband, her home, and a chance to help start A.A. in Texas.       I KNOW THAT if I do daily what I have done for these last thirteen and a half years, I will stay sober. I didn’t know that when I came into A.A. I

18. The Professor And The Paradox

Says he, “We A.A.’s surrender to win; we give away  to keep; we suffer to get well, and we die to live.”       I am in the public information business. I use that phrase or designation because if I say I am a college professor everybody always has a tendency to run the other way. And

17. Fear Of Fear

This lady was cautious. She decided she wouldn’t let herself go in her drinking. And she would never, never take that morning drink!       I DIDN’T THINK I was an alcoholic. I thought my problem was that I had been married to a drunk for twenty-seven years. And when my husband found A.A., I came to

16. Rum, Radio And Rebellion

This man faced the last ditch when his wife’s voice from 1300 miles away sent him to A.A. “YOU AN ALCOHOLIC! I don’t believe it.”  “Sure, I’ve seen you tight several times, but you’re no alcoholic!”  “You kidding—you an alcoholic?”  Many times have I heard the above expressions since I have been in A.A., and

15. They Stopped In Time

THEY STOPPED IN TIME       We think that about one-half of today’s incoming A.A. members were never advanced cases of alcoholism; though, given time, all might have been. Most of these fortunate ones have had little or no acquaintance with delirium, with hospitals, asylums, and jails. Some were drinking heavily and there had been occasional serious