By Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

The fourth version contains twenty-four new tales that supply modern sharing for newbies looking restoration from alcoholism in A.A. throughout the early years of the twenty first century. 16 tales are retained from the 3rd variation, together with the "Pioneers of A.A." part, which is helping the reader stay associated with A.A.'s historical roots, and exhibits how early contributors utilized this straightforward yet profound application that is helping alcoholics get sober this day. nearly 21 million copies of the 1st 3 variations of "Alcoholics Anonymous" were allotted. it truly is anticipated that the hot fourth variation will play its half in passing on A.A.'s uncomplicated message of restoration. This fourth variation has been authorized by means of the final carrier convention of Alcoholics nameless, within the desire that many extra will be led towards restoration through interpreting its rationalization of the A.A. software and its diversified examples of non-public studies which show that the A.A. software works.

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Upon hearing this, our friend was somewhat re­ lieved, for he reflected that, after all, he was a good church member. This hope, however, was destroyed by the doctor’s telling him that while his religious convictions were very good, in his case they did not spell the necessary vital spiritual experience. THERE IS A SOLUTION *For amplification—see Appendix II. qxd 4/4/03 11:17 AM Page 28 28 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Here was the terrible dilemma in which our friend found himself when he had the extraordinary experi­ ence, which as we have already told you, made him a free man.

It may cause him to die a few years before his time. If a sufficiently strong reason—ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor—becomes operative, this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need med­ ical attention. But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink.

On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going. We commenced to make many fast friends and a fellowship has grown up among us of which it is a wonderful thing to feel a part. The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty. 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.

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