The Twelve Steps

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

He made up his mind that until he had been successful in business and had retired, he would not touch another drop.  An exceptional man, he remained bone dry for twenty-five years and retired at the age of fifty-five ...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.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, More About Alcoholism, p. 32.

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

"Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people.  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."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, More About Alcoholism, p. 31.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, more about alcoholism, recovery, and the twelve steps

"If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him.  Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people! 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, More About Alcoholism, p. 31.

Contributed by: Zink

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

"Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree
there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. 
Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn't done so yet."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, More About Alcoholism, p. 31.

Contributed by: Zink

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

"We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, More About Alcoholism, p.30

Contributed by: Zink

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

"All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals--usually brief--were inevitably followed by still less control which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization.  We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness.  Over any considerable period we get worse, never better."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, More About Alcoholism, p.30

Contributed by: Zink

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

"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.
We cannot answer the riddle."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 22.

Contributed by: Zink

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