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than 1,, copies. The third edition, which came off press in. , achieved a circulation of approximately 19,, in all formats. Because this book has. dence in it. Here you could get welfare very easily, so off I went to apply. Now I could eat! It was my third time in this town, so I headed straight for my favorite bar. FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION. By March , when this edition went to the printer, the total worldwide membership of. Alcoholics Anonymous was.

This is a story with a little bit of everything. He was kind enough to oblige and to give us all a preview of what he will be presenting in Austin this November. The majority have never returned. The power of God goes deep! In this instance the book has clearly been changed since the first printing, yet Jerry was always told by his sponsor and others that there were never any changes made to the first pages, and the written statements from AA World Services would lead one to believe that no changes have been made.

Should I kill myself? No not now. Then a mental fog settled down. Gin would fix that. The mind and body are marvelous mechanisms, for mine endured this agony two more years.

Sometimes I stole from my wife's slender purse when the morning terror and madness were on me. There were flights from city to country and back, as my wife and I sought escape. Then came the night when the physical and mental torture was so hellish I feared I would burst through my window, sash and all. Somehow I managed to drag my mattress to a lower floor, lest I suddenly leap. Next day found me drinking both gin and sedative.

This combination soon landed me on the rocks. People feared for my sanity. So did I. I could eat little or nothing when drinking, and I was forty pounds under weight. Hydrotherapy and mild exercise helped much. Best of all, I met a kind doctor who explained that though certainly selfish and foolish, I had been seriously ill, bodily and mentally. My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained.

For three or four months the goose hung high. I went to town regularly and even made a little money. But it was not, for the frightful day came when I drank once more. After a time I returned to the hospital.

My weary and despairing wife was informed that it would all end with heart failure during delirium tremens, or I would develop a wet brain, perhaps within a year. We would soon have to give me over to the undertaker of the asylum. They did not need to tell me.

I knew, and almost welcomed the idea. I, who had thought so well of myself and my abilities, of my capacity to surmount obstacles, was cornered at last. Now I was to plunge into the dark, joining that endless procession of sots who had gone on before.

I thought of my poor wife. There had been much happiness after all. What would I not give to make amends. But that was over now.

Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master.

Trembling, I stepped from the hospital a broken man. Fear sobered me for a bit. How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch.

I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes. Near the end of that bleak November, I sat drinking in my kitchen. With a certain satisfaction I reflected There was enough gin concealed about the house to carry me through that night and the next day. My wife was at work. I wondered whether I dared hide a full bottle of gin near the head of our bed.

I would need it before daylight. My musing was interrupted by the telephone. He was sober. It was years since I could remember his coming to New York in that condition.

I was amazed. I wondered how he had escaped. Of course he would have dinner, and then I could drink openly with him. His coming was an oasis in this dreary desert of futility. The very thing, an oasis! Drinkers are like that. There was something about his eyes. He was inexplicably different. What had happened?

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I pushed a drink across the table. He refused it. Disappointed but curious, I wondered what had got into the fellow. He wasn't himself. I queried. He looked straight at me. Simply, but smilingly, he said, "I've got religion. Yes, the old boy was on fire all right. But bless his heart, let him rant! Besides, my gin would last longer than his preaching. But he did no ranting. In a matter of fact way he told how two men had appeared in court, persuading the judge to suspend his commitment.

They had told of a simple religious idea and a practical program of action. It worked! I was shocked, but interested. I had to be, for I was hopeless. He talked for hours. They made me swallow hard. I had often pondered these things. I was not an atheist. My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionist, suggested vast laws and forces at work.

Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a might purpose and rhythm underlay all. How could there be so much of precise and immutable law, and no intelligence? I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation. But that was as far as I had gone. With ministers, and the world's religions, I parted right there.

When they talked of a God personal to me, who was love, superhuman strength and direction, I became irritated and my mind snapped shut against such a theory. To Christ I conceded the certainty of a great man, not too closely followed by those who claimed Him. His moral teaching, most excellent.

For myself, I had adopted those parts which seemed convenient and not too difficult; the rest I disregarded. The wars which had been fought, the burnings and chicanery that religious dispute had facilitated, made me sick. I honestly doubted whether, on balance, the religions of mankind had done any good. If there was a Devil, he seemed the Boss Universal, and he certainly had me. His human will had failed.

Doctors had pronounced him incurable. Society was about to lock him up. Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known! Had this power originated in him? Obviously it had not. There had been no more power in him than there was in me at that minute; and this was none at all.

That floored me. My ideas about miracles were drastically revised right then. Never mind the musty past; here sat a miracle directly across the kitchen table. He shouted great tidings. He was on different footing. His roots grasped a new soil. The word God still aroused a certain antipathy. I didn't like the idea. I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way.

My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of God? I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point.

Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would! Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view.

For a brief moment, I had needed and wanted God. And so it had been ever since. How blind I had been. At the hospital I was separated from alcohol for the last time. Treatment seemed wise, for I showed signs of delirium tremens. I placed myself unreservedly under His care and direction. I have not had a drink since. My schoolmate visited me, and I fully acquainted him with my problems and deficiencies. I expressed my entire willingness to approach these individuals, admitting my wrong.

Never was I to be critical of them. I was to right all such matters to the utmost of my ability.

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I was to sit quietly when in doubt, asking only for direction and strength to meet my problems as He would have me. Then only might I expect to receive. But that would be in great measure. My friend promised when these things were done I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems. Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid.

I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all. There was a sense of victory, followed by such a peace and serenity as I had never know.

My brother-in-law is a physician, and through his kindness I was placed in a nationally-known hospital for the mental and physical rehabilitation of alcoholics. My brother-in-law is a physician, and through his kindness and that of my mother I was placed in a nationally-known hospital for the mental and physical rehabilitation of alcoholics. Despite the living example of my friend there remained in me the vestiges of my old prejudice.

The word God still aroused a certain antipathy.

When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me this feeling was intensified. I didn't like the idea. I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way.

My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of God? It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.

Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point. Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would! Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough.

At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view. Treatment seemed wise, for I showed signs of delirium tremens.

I have not had a drink since. I ruthlessly faced my sins and became willing to have my new-found Friend take them away, root and branch.

I have seen one hundred families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted; feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out.

In one Western city and its environs there are eighty of us and our families. We meet frequently at our different homes, so that newcomers may find the fellowship they seek. At these informal gatherings one may often see from 40 to 80 persons. In one western city and its environs there are one thousand of us and our families. We meet frequently so that newcomers may find the fellowship they seek. At these informal gatherings one may often see from 50 to persons.

God has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia, nor even for Heaven. Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. Bill W. All have recovered. Nearly all have recovered.

We are ordinary Americans. We are average Americans. This volume will inform, instruct and comfort those who are, or who may be affected. They are many. We hope this volume will inform and comfort those who are, or who may be affected.

There are many. Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us often fruitlessly, we are afraid find it almost impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.

Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.

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

That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of holier than thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured-these are the conditions we have found necessary.

That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured-these are the conditions we have found most effective.

None of us make a vocation of this work, nor do we think its effectiveness would be increased if we did. We feel that elimination of the liquor problem is but a beginning. None of us make a sole vocation of this work, nor do we think its effectiveness would be increased if we did. We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. Our very lives, as ex-alcoholics, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.

Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. Then comes the days when he simply cannot make it and gets drunk all over again. Perhaps he goes to a doctor who gives him a dose of morphine or some high-voltage sedative with which to taper off.

Then comes the day when he simply cannot make it and gets drunk all over again. Perhaps he goes to a doctor who gives him morphine or some sedative with which to taper off. Psychiatrists and medical men vary considerably in their opinion as to why the alcoholic reacts differently from normal people. No one is sure why, once a certain point is reached, nothing can be done for him. Opinions vary considerably as to why the alcoholic reacts differently from normal people.

We are not sure why, once a certain point is reached, little can be done for him. Therefore, the real problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body. The tragic truth is that if the man be a real alcoholic, the happy day will seldom arrive. The tragic truth is that if the man be a real alcoholic, the happy day may not arrive.

We are unable at certain times, no matter how well we understand ourselves, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, is certain to die, or go permanently insane.

When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or permanently insane. But for the grace of God, there would have been one hundred more convincing demonstrations. But for the grace of God, there would have been thousands more convincing demonstrations. If you are seriously alcoholic, we believe you have no middle-of-the-road solution. You are in a position where life is becoming impossible, and if you have passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, you have but two alternatives: one is to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of your intolerable situation as best you can; and the other, to find what we have found.

This you can do if you honestly want to, and are willing to make the effort. If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.

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This we did because we honestly wanted to, and were willing to make the effort. Then he had gone to Europe, placing himself in the care of a celebrated physician who prescribed for him. Though bitter experience had made him skeptical, he finished his treatment with unusual confidence. Then he had gone to Europe, placing himself in the care of a celebrated physician the psychiatrist, Dr.

Jung who prescribed for him. Though experience had made him skeptical, he finished his treatment with unusual confidence. The distinguished American psychologist, William James, in his book "Varieties of Religious Experience," indicates a multitude of ways in which men have found God. As a group, we have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which God can be discovered. The distinguished American psychologist, William James, in his book "Varieties of Religious Experience," indicates a multitude of ways in which men have discovered God.

We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. We think it no concern of ours, as a group, what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals. We think it no concern of ours what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals. There is a group of personal narratives.

Then clear-cut directions are given showing how an alcoholic may recover. These are followed by more than a score of personal experiences. Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. These are followed by forty-three personal experiences. Each individual, in the personal stories, describes in his own language and from his own point of view the way he found or rediscovered God. Each individual, in the personal stories, describes in his own language and from his own point of view the way he established his relationship with God.

The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, had to be smashed. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.

We know that no real alcoholic ever recovered this control. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever with and without a solemn oath , taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, consulting psychologists, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums--we could increase the list ad infinitum.

Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever with and without a solemn oath , taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums--we could increase the list ad infinitum.

It will be worth a bad case of jitters if you get thoroughly sold on the idea that you are a candidate for Alcoholics Anonymous. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition.

We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop because of an overpowering desire to do so. We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so.

Then, gathering all his forces, he attempted to stop, and found he could not.

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Then, gathering all his forces, he attempted to stop altogether and found he could not. Several of our crowd, men of thirty-five or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years. Several of our crowd, men of thirty or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years. Whether such a person can quit upon a non-spiritual basis depends somewhat upon the strength of his character, and how much he really wants to be done with it.

But even more will it depend upon the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. Whatever the precise medical definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity.

Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. To us it is not far-fetched, for this kind of thinking has been characteristic of every single one of our group. Some of us have sometimes reflected more than Jim upon the consequences. To us it is not far-fetched, for this kind of thinking has been characteristic of every single one of us. We have sometimes reflected more than Jim upon the consequences. That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been warped and degenerated as ours were.

That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.

We told him about alcoholism. We told him what we knew about alcoholism.

They piled on me heaps of medical evidence to the effect that an alcoholic mentality, such as I had exhibited in Washington, was a hopeless condition. They piled on me heaps of evidence to the effect that an alcoholic mentality, such as I had exhibited in Washington, was a hopeless condition.

To be doomed to an alcoholic hell or "saved" -- not easy alternatives to face. To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face. About half our fellowship were of exactly that type. About half our original fellowship were of exactly that type. But cheer up, something like fifty of us thought we were atheists or agnostics. But cheer up, something like half of us thought we were atheists or agnostics.

To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. At the start, this is all you will need to commence spiritual growth, to effect your first conscious relation with God as you understand Him. Afterward, you will find yourself accepting many things which now seem entirely out of reach. That is growth, but if you are going to grow you have to begin somewhere.

So use your own conception, however limited it may be. You need to ask yourself but one short question.

At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him. Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach.

That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our own conception, however limited it was. We needed to ask ourselves but one short question.

In our personal stories you will find a wide variation in the way each teller approaches and conceives of the Power which is greater than himself. Whether you agree with a particular approach or conception seems to make little difference.

In the stories which follow you will find a wide variation in the way each teller approaches and conceives of the Power which is greater than himself. Whether we agree with a particular approach or conception seems to make little difference.

Here are one hundred men and women, worldly and sophisticated indeed. They flatly declare to you that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. They tell you that in the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them.

This happened soon after they wholeheartedly met a few simple requirements. Once confused and baffled by the seeming futility of existence, they will show you the underlying reasons why they were making heavy going of life.

Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When one hundred people, much like you are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why you too should have faith.

Here are thousands of men and women, worldly indeed. They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking.

In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. Once confused and baffled by the seeming futility of existence, they show the underlying reasons why they were making heavy going of life. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.

And we are sure you will find the Great Reality deep down within you. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us; why not with you? We can only clear the ground a bit for you. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then you will have joined us on the Broad Highway.

We found the Great Reality deep down within us. We can only clear the ground a bit. If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway.

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