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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

Here lies a Hampshire Grenadier
Who caught his death
Drinking cold, small beer.
A good soldier is ne'er forgot
Whether he dieth my musket
Or by pot. (pot of ale)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill's Story, p.1.

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A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

 
"I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book (Alcoholics Anonymous) through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray."  __William D. Silkworth.

William Silkworth

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion". p. xxx.

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A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, twelve steps, william d silkworth, and m d

 "Men have cried out to me in sincere and despairing appeal: 'Doctor, I cannot go on like this!  I have everything to live for! I must stop, but I cannot! You must help me!'...One feels that something more than human power is needed to produce the essential psychic change. Though the aggregate of recoveries resulting from psychiatric effort is considerable, we physicians must admit we have made little impression upon the problem as a whole. Many types do not respond to the ordinary psychological approach."  __William D. Silkworth, M. D.

William Silkworth

Source: c. 1939,AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion", p. xxvii.

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A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and the doctors opinion

"Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.  To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.  They are restless, irritable, and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks--drinks which they see others taking with impunity." __ William D. Silkworth,

William Silkworth

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion", p xxvi.

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A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

  "If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.  We feel, after years of experience, that we have found nothing which has contributed more to the rehabilitation of these men than the altruistic movement now growing up among them." __William D Silkworth, M.D., 
 

William Silkworth

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, "The Doctor's Opinion", p.xxvi

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A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and allergy

 "We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker. These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve."  __William D.Silkworth, M.D.

William Silkworth

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, "The Doctor's Opinion", p.xxvi

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A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

"I personally know of scores of cases (of alcohoics) who were of the type with whom other methods had failed completely....because of the extraordinary possibilities of rapid growth inherent in this froup they may mark a new epoch in the annals of alcoholism. These men may well have a remedy for thousands of such situations." __William D,. Silkworth, M.D.

William Silkworth

Source: c.1939, Alcoholics Anonymous, "The Doctor's Opinion", p.xxiv

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

"By March, 1976, when this edition went to the printer, the total worldwide membership of Alcoholics Anonymous was conservatively estimated at more than 1,000,000, with almost 25,000 groups meeting in over 90 countries."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1976, Alcoholics Anonymous, "Foreward to Third Edition", p xxii.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on a a, alcoholics anonymous, talk, and recovery

The spark that was to flare into the first A.A. group was struck at Akron, Ohio, in June 1935, during a talk between a New York stockbroker and an Akron physician.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1955, Alcoholics Anonymous, "Foreward to Second Edition"

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on a a, alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word. There are no fees or dues whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous, "Foreward To First Edition", p.xiv.

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