By Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
The fourth version comprises twenty-four new tales that supply modern sharing for newbies looking restoration from alcoholism in A.A. in the course of the early years of the twenty first century. 16 tales are retained from the 3rd version, together with the "Pioneers of A.A." part, which is helping the reader stay associated with A.A.'s ancient roots, and indicates how early participants utilized this easy yet profound application that is helping alcoholics get sober at the present time. nearly 21 million copies of the 1st 3 versions of "Alcoholics Anonymous" were disbursed. it truly is anticipated that the recent fourth version will play its half in passing on A.A.'s uncomplicated message of restoration. This fourth variation has been authorized by way of the final carrier convention of Alcoholics nameless, within the desire that many extra can be led towards restoration by way of interpreting its clarification of the A.A. application and its assorted examples of non-public studies which reveal that the A.A. application works.
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An exceptional man, he remained bone dry for twenty-five years and retired at the age of fifty-five, after a successful and happy business career. Then he fell victim to a belief which practically every alcoholic has —that his long period of sobriety and self-discipline had qualified him to drink as other men. Out came his carpet slippers and a bottle. In two months he was in a hospital, puzzled and humiliated. He tried to regulate his drinking for a while, making several trips to the hospital meantime.
Selfknowledge would fix it. We heard no more of Fred for a while. One day we were told that he was back in the hospital. This time he was quite shaky. He soon indicated he was anxious to see us. The story he told is most instructive, for here was a chap absolutely convinced he had to stop drinking, who had no excuse for drinking, who exhibited splendid judgment and determination in all his other concerns, yet was flat on his back nevertheless. Let him tell you about it: “I was much impressed with what you fellows said about alcoholism, and I frankly did not believe it would be possible for me to drink again.
I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way. My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. ’’ That statement hit me hard. 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.