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The 12 Steps and The 12 Principles for Clean Living...
THE FORWARDS...
This is the Foreword as it appeared in the first printing of the first edition in 1939. We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.(**)
THE DOCTOR'S OPINION...
WE OF Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical estimate of the plan of recovery described in this book. Convincing testimony must surely come from medical men who have had experience with the sufferings of our members and have witnessed our return to health. A well known doctor, chief physician at a nationally prominent hospital specializing in alcoholic and drug addiction, gave Alcoholics Anonymous this letter:(**)
A.A. CO-FOUNDER BILL'S STORY...
War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic. Here was love, applause, war; moments sublime with intervals hilarious. I was part of life at last, and in the midst of the excitement I discovered liquor. I forgot the strong warnings and the prejudices of my people concerning drink. In time we sailed for "Over There." I was very lonely and again turned to alcohol.(**)
CHAPTER 2 THERE IS A SOLUTION...
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill. Nearly all have recovered. They have solved the drink problem.We are average Americans. All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds.(**)
CHAPTER 3 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. he 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.(**)
CHAPTER 4 WE AGNOSTICS...
In the preceding chapters you have learned something of alcoholism. we hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic. If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.(**)
CHAPTER 5 HOW IT WORKS...
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates.(**)
AAppendices-Contempt Prior to Investigation...
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments.(**)
This work in progress...is dedicated to all the individuals who helped me
get here so I could share this...work in progress...with you...
My Name is Charles and My Sobriety Date Is June 9, 1985 and Counting...

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