Twelve Steps

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

"The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.  The persistence of this illusion is astonishing.  Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death."

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

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

"Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people."

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

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

"A certain American businessman had ability, good sense, and high character.  For years he had floundered from one sanitarium to another. ...placing himself in the care of a celebrated physician...finished his treatment with unusual confidence.  His physical and mental condition were unusually good.  Above all, he believed he had acquired such a profound knowledge of the inner workings of his mind and its hidden springs that relapse was unthinkable.  Nevertheless, he was drunk in a short time."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p.26

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"The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.  He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 25.

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

 "The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God's universe."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p.25.

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

"The alcoholic may say to himself in the most casual way, "It won't burn me this time, so here's how!"  Or perhaps he doesn't think at all.  How often have some of us begun to drink in this nonchalant way, and after the third or fourth, pounded on the bar and said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ever get started again?"  Only to have that thought supplanted by,  "Well, Ill stop with the sixth drink."  Or "What's the use anyhow?" 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholiics anonymous, recovery, there is a solution, and twelve steps

"The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. AAWS Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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A Quote by Alcoholics Anonymous on alcoholics anonymous, recovery, there is a solution, and twelve steps

"At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, p. 24.

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

From the Big Book:
"Sometimes these excuses (from the alcoholic) have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates. They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he can't feel the ache. If you draw this fallacious reasoning to the attention of an alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or become irritated and refuse to talk."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution. p. 23.

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

"We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop.
The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this."

Alcoholics Anonymous

Source: c. 1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, There Is A Solution, pp. 22-23

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