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TitleAlcoholics Anonymous Second Edition - 12 Steps to Serenity
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Table of Contents
Forward to 1st Edition
Forward to 2nd Edition
The doctor's Opinion
1-Bill's Story
2-There is a Solution
3-More About Alcoholism
4-We Agnostics
5-How It Works
	The 12 Steps
6-Into Action
7-Working with Others
8-To Wives
9-The Family Afterward
10-To Employres
11-A Vision for You
	I. The AA Tradition
		The 12 Traditions (Short)
		The 12 Traditions (Long)
II. Spiritual Experience
III. the Medical View on AA
IV. The Lasker Award
V. The Religious View on AA
VI. How to Get in Touch with AA
Document Text Contents
Page 1



The Story of

How Many Thousands of Men and Women

Have Recovered from Alcoholism





Page 2


Chapter Page

Preface xi

Foreword to First Edit ion xiii

Foreword xv

The Doctor's Opinion xxiii

1 Bill's Story 1

2 There Is a Solution 17

3 More About Alcoholism 30

4 We Agnostics 44

5 How It Works 58

6 Into Action 72

7 Working with Others 89

8 To Wives 104

9 The Family Afterward 122

10 To Employers 136

11 A Vision for You 151

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Maybe we a re divorced , and have remarried but

haven't kept up the a limony to number one . She is

indignant about it, and has a warrant out for our ar-

rest. That's a common form of trouble too.

Although these reparations take innumerable forms,

there are some general principles which we find guid-

ing. Reminding ourselves that we have dec ided to go

to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask

that we be given strength and direction to do the right

thing, no matter what the personal consequences may

be. We may lose our position or reputation or face

jail, but we are willing. We have to be. We must not

shrink at anything.

Usually, however, other people are involved. There-

fore, we are not to be the hasty and foolish martyr who

would needlessly sacrifice others to save himself from

the alcoholic pit. A man we know had remarried. Be-

cause of resentment and drinking, he had not paid a li-

mony to his first wife. She was furious. She went to

court and go t an order for his a rrest. He had com-

menced our way of life, had secured a position, and

was getting his head above water. It would have been

impressive hero ics if he had walked up to the Judge

and said, "Here I am."

We thought he ought to be willing to do that if

necessary, but if he were in jail he could provide noth-

ing for either family. We suggested he write his first

wife admitting his faults and asking forgiveness. He

did, and also sent a small amount of money. He told

her what he would try to do in the future. He said he

was perfectly willing to go to jail is she insisted. Of

course she did not, and the whole situation has long

since been adjusted.

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Before tak ing drastic action w hich might implicate

other people we secure their consent. If we have ob-

tained permission, have consulted with others, asked

God to help and the drastic step is indicated we must

not shrink.

This brings to mind a story about one of our friends.

While drinking, he accepted a sum of money from a

bitterly-hated business rival, giving him no receipt for

it. He subsequently denied having received the money

and used the incident as a basis for disc rediting the

man. He thus used his ow n wrong-doing as a means

of destroying the reputa tion of another. In fact, his

rival was ruined.

He felt that he had done a wrong he could not pos-

sibly make right. If he opened that old affair, he was

afraid it would destroy the reputation of his partner,

disgrace his family and take away his means of liveli-

hood. W hat right had he to involve those dependent

upon him? How could he possibly make a public

statement exonerating his r ival?

After consulting with his wife and partner he came

to the conclusion that it was better to take those risks

than to stand before his Creator guilty of such ruinous

slander. He saw that he had to place the outcome in

God's hands or he w ould soon s tart drinking again, and

all would be los t anyhow. He attended church for the

first t ime in many years. After the sermon, he quietly

got up and made an explanation. His action met wide-

spread approval, and today he is one of the most

trusted citizens of his town. This all happened years


The chances are that we have domestic troubles.

Perhaps we are mixed up with women in a fashion we

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In the United States and Canada, most towns and cities

have A.A. groups. In such places, A.A. can be located

through the local telephone directory, newspaper office,

or police station, or by contacting local priests or minis-

ters. In large cities, groups often maintain local offices

where alcoholics or their families may arrange for inter-

views or hospitalization. These so-called intergroup

associations are found under the listing "A.A." or "Alco-

holics Anonymous" in telephone directories.

At New York, U.S.A., Alcoholics Anonymous maintains

its international service center. The General Service Board

of A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service

Office, A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly maga-

zine, the A.A. Grapevine.

If you cannot find A.A. in your locality, a letter ad-

dressed to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central

Station, New York, NY 10163, U.S.A., will receive a

prompt rep ly from this world cente r, referring you to the

nearest A.A. group. If there is none nearby, you will be in-

vited to carry on a correspondence which will do much to

insure your sobriety no matter how isolated you are.

Should you be the relative or friend of an alcoholic who

shows no immediate interest in A.A., it is suggested that

you write the Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc., P. O. Box 862,

Midtown Station, New York, NY 10018, U.S.A.

This is a w orld clearing house for the Al-Anon Family

Groups , composed largely of the w ives, husbands and

friends of A.A. members. This headquarters will give the

location of the nearest Family Group and will, if you wish,

correspond with you about your special problems.


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