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A History Of Alcoholics Anonymous - April 2011

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"A History of Alcoholics Anonymous" presents a fascinating overview of the history and development of the Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) program, including its founding and growth. The discussion also includes a brief overview of the Twelve Steps of A.A. The program is presented by James Balmer, President of Dawn Farm. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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A History Of Alcoholics Anonymous - April 2011

  1. 1. Alcoholics Anonymous
  2. 2. A Few Quick Resources Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Pass It On A.A. Comes of Age Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers (AA World Services, New York) Not-God – A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Ernest Kurtz (Hazelden) Slaying the Dragon – The History of Treatment and Recovery in America by William White (Chestnut Health Systems)
  3. 3. What was it like before AA?
  4. 4. Shock Treatment
  5. 5. Skid Row Missions
  6. 6. The Washingtonians
  7. 7. Rowland Hazard
  8. 8. Dr. Carl Jung
  9. 9. The Oxford Group
  10. 10. Frank Buchman
  11. 11. Ebby Thacher
  12. 12. William James Father of American Psychiatry
  13. 13. Varieties of Religious Experience Ebby brought this book to Bill in Towns Hospital
  14. 14. Bill Wilson
  15. 16. Bill & Lois Wilson
  16. 17. Towns Hospital • New York Bill was treated here 4 times
  17. 18. Dr. William Silkworth
  18. 19. Dr. Harry Tiebout Bill’s psychiatrist
  19. 20. Reverend Sam Shoemaker Head of the American Oxford Groups
  20. 21. Father Ed Dowling, S.J. Bill Wilson’s Spiritual Advisor
  21. 22. 182 Clinton Street The Wilson Home
  22. 23. Bill “carried the message”
  23. 24. Akron, Ohio
  24. 25. Mayflower Hotel
  25. 26. Reverend Walter Tunks
  26. 27. Henrietta Seiberling
  27. 28. The Seiberling Gatehouse
  28. 29. Bill meets Doctor Bob
  29. 33. Robert Holbrook Smith, MD
  30. 35. Dr. Bob & Anne Smith
  31. 36. 855 Ardmore Akron, Ohio
  32. 37. Akron City Hospital
  33. 38. Dr. Bob’s Prescription
  34. 39. Bill D. • “The man on the bed”
  35. 40. Bill & Henrietta Dotson
  36. 42. St. Thomas Hospital
  37. 43. Sister Ignatia
  38. 44. King School Akron, Ohio
  39. 45. Archie Trowbridge
  40. 46. One drunk to another
  41. 48. John D. Rockefeller "I am afraid that money will spoil this thing."
  42. 50. The Big Book April 10, 1939
  43. 51. AA Preamble <ul><li>&quot;ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women </li></ul><ul><li>who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that </li></ul><ul><li>they may solve their common problem and help others to recover </li></ul><ul><li>from alcoholism. </li></ul><ul><li>The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. </li></ul><ul><li>There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self- </li></ul><ul><li>supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any </li></ul><ul><li>sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not </li></ul><ul><li>wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes </li></ul><ul><li>any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other </li></ul><ul><li>alcoholics to achieve sobriety.&quot; </li></ul>
  44. 53. Original Big Book
  45. 54. Big Book 4th Edition
  46. 55. Step One <ul><li>We admitted we were powerless </li></ul><ul><li>over alcohol, that our lives had </li></ul><ul><li>become unmanageable. </li></ul>
  47. 56. Step Two <ul><li>Came to believe that a Power </li></ul><ul><li>greater than ourselves could </li></ul><ul><li>restore us to sanity. </li></ul>
  48. 57. Step Three <ul><li>Made a decision to turn our will </li></ul><ul><li>and our lives over to the care of </li></ul><ul><li>God as we understood Him </li></ul>
  49. 58. Step Four <ul><li>Made a searching and fearless </li></ul><ul><li>moral inventory of ourselves. </li></ul>
  50. 59. Step Five <ul><li>Admitted to God, to ourselves, </li></ul><ul><li>and to another human being the </li></ul><ul><li>exact nature of our wrongs. </li></ul>
  51. 60. Step Six <ul><li>Were entirely ready to have God </li></ul><ul><li>remove all these defects of </li></ul><ul><li>character. </li></ul>
  52. 61. Step Seven <ul><li>Humbly asked Him to remove </li></ul><ul><li>our shortcomings. </li></ul>
  53. 62. Step Eight <ul><li>Made a list of all persons we had </li></ul><ul><li>harmed, and became willing to </li></ul><ul><li>make amends to them all. </li></ul>
  54. 63. Step Nine <ul><li>Made direct amends whenever </li></ul><ul><li>possible, except when to do so </li></ul><ul><li>would injure them or others. </li></ul>
  55. 64. Step Ten <ul><li>Continued to take personal </li></ul><ul><li>inventory and when we were </li></ul><ul><li>wrong promptly admitted it. </li></ul>
  56. 65. Step Eleven <ul><li>Sought through prayer and </li></ul><ul><li>meditation to improve our </li></ul><ul><li>conscious contact with God as </li></ul><ul><li>we understood Him, praying only </li></ul><ul><li>for knowledge of His will for us </li></ul><ul><li>and the power to carry that out. </li></ul>
  57. 66. Step Twelve <ul><li>Having had a spiritual awakening </li></ul><ul><li>as a result of these steps, we </li></ul><ul><li>tried to carry this message to </li></ul><ul><li>alcoholics, and to practice these </li></ul><ul><li>principles in all our affairs. </li></ul>
  58. 67. AA group in 1940’s
  59. 68. Jack Alexander
  60. 70. Clarence Snyder “The Home Brewmeister”
  61. 71. Marty Mann
  62. 72. Dr. E.M. “Bunky” Jellenik
  63. 73. AA group in 1950’s
  64. 74. 1950 International Convention Cleveland The Twelve Traditions
  65. 75. The Twelve Traditions <ul><li>1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity. </li></ul><ul><li>2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express </li></ul><ul><li>Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. </li></ul><ul><li>3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. </li></ul><ul><li>6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside </li></ul><ul><li>enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ </li></ul><ul><li>special workers. </li></ul><ul><li>9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly </li></ul><ul><li>responsible to those they serve. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn </li></ul><ul><li>into public controversy. </li></ul><ul><li>11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain </li></ul><ul><li>personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films. </li></ul><ul><li>12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before </li></ul><ul><li>personalities.  </li></ul>
  66. 76. 1955 International Convention St. Louis The Three Legacies
  67. 77. 1960 International Convention Long Beach
  68. 78. Bill’s Desk at Stepping Stones
  69. 79. Bill & Lois in the 1960’s
  70. 80. 1965 International Convention Toronto “I am responsible”
  71. 81. Responsibility Declaration <ul><li>“ I am responsible. When anyone, </li></ul><ul><li>anywhere, reaches out for help, </li></ul><ul><li>I want the hand of A.A. always to </li></ul><ul><li>be there. And for that: </li></ul><ul><li>I am responsible.” </li></ul>
  72. 82. Bill Wilson • 1966
  73. 83. 1966 • Ebby Thacher dies
  74. 84. 1970 International Convention Miami Beach
  75. 87. 1971 • Bill Wilson dies
  76. 89. 1975 International Convention Denver
  77. 90. Paul O. “Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict”
  78. 91. 1980 International Convention New Orleans
  79. 92. Lois Wilson 1891 - 1988
  80. 93. 1985 International Convention Montreal
  81. 94. 2000 International Convention Minneapolis
  82. 95. 2005 International Convention Toronto

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