Anonymous created by non-alcoholics
The world famous duo of Alcoholics Anonymous Joe and Charlie, with millions upon millions of AA followers worldwide, remind us that “we alcoholics who are so proud of our 12 steps, should stop once in a while and remember where they came from”. NON-ALCOHOLICS are discredited at times by people who fall prey to dichotomous thinking. This chases many people away from the program, it creates divides and sometimes even rifts, barriers and blocks that have no place being there. But what we know is that AA was created entirely by non-addicts.
“Step one came from a non-alcoholic neurologist in New York City names Doctor Silkworth, Step 2 came from a non-alcoholic psychiatrist on the other side of the world named Doctor Jung. The last ten steps came from a group of people called the Oxford Groupers who were non-alcoholics practicing first century Christianity the best of their ability. Everything that you and I use for recovery came to us from non-alcoholics.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Since the book Alcoholics Anonymous first appeared in 1939, remembering AA was created entirely by non-addicts, this basic text has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. AA was created entirely by non-addicts which is a sign to me that everyone is included. It is not a club for a select few. It is for everyone!
Currently available in the General Service Conference-approved Fourth Edition, the Big Book contains the stories of the co-founders, as well as many members of diverse backgrounds who have found recovery in the worldwide Fellowship. We are happy to give you a free online copy if you write to us.
Development of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book
Bill W. was a successful businessman who lost his career due to his use of alcohol. He joined a spiritual movement group, the Oxford Group, that had its roots in Christianity and was very influential in the early development of AA. It was there that he met the other cofounder of AA, Dr. Bob.
The two found that sharing their experiences helped them deal with their cravings for alcohol and facilitated their recovery. They began to share their experiences with others, and the system appeared to facilitate sobriety in many other individuals. Bill W. Started writing the book in the late 1930’s, and the first edition was published in 1939 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob.