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Bill W. and LSD: Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip

  If you see the 12-steps as simply means to get sober, or find happiness, you’re going to be disappointed.  Sobriety, obviously, is a vital factor, and happiness is a byproduct, but the purpose of the 12-steps is to bring about a spiritual experience, or awakening, inducing a psychic change pervasive enough that it ultimately works to diminish one’s obsession with self – the ego.  Ego, as I am using it, is to represent that self-centered, selfish, self-worshipping, infantile part of each alcoholic, of each human, that turns his self-importance into spiritually-isolating self-destruction.  In his paper The Ego Factors in Surrender in Alcoholism, Harry Tiebout, M.D. writes, “it is the ego which is the arch-enemy of sobriety, and it is the ego which must be disposed of if the individual is … Read entire article »

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Taking a Trip with Bill Wilson

  One of the most controversial topics in AA has to be the use of psychedelics as an aid in recovery. It’s hard to even broach the issue with any committed 12-Stepper; when I have raised the topic, many become very closed-off, even bitter. It’s as if I’m in a cult, insinuating something unsavory about our leader. I find this reaction bizarre, as it is never my intention to spread any sort of agenda. I’m very intrigued by the topic, but my personal opinion remains unformed. After doing some research outside of AA, I learned that Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, did in fact experiment with LSD between 1956 and 1959. He spoke fondly of his experiences, and believed that LSD could help deflate the ego of struggling alcoholics, and ultimately, … Read entire article »

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I Heard Through the Grapevine

I Heard Through the Grapevine

The Grapevine was founded in 1944 (9 years after the inception of Alcoholics Anonymous) by six AA members on the East Coast. The magazine’s beginnings coincided with the height of the U.S. involvement in World War II, within the same month as the invasion of Normandy; thus, the first month’s issue was not only delivered to all AA groups at that time, but to all known AA members in the Armed Forces as well. Soldiers … Read entire article »

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HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS (H & I)

  Page 89 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous contains the following text: “Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.” This excerpt draws on two important themes. Firstly, there is the importance of service work; and then, more specifically, the profound power of alcoholics working together, drawing from one another’s experiences. For the non-alcoholic, service work can be a way to connect with his or her community; it can teach discipline and raise personal awareness as to the suffering of others. It can even lift the spirit. For the recovering alcoholic, service work is absolutely imperative. It is in the moments of service that the alcoholic’s selfish, destructive thinking is sent into temporary remission. With the maintenance of a service-oriented … Read entire article »

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Addiction & Alcoholism Treatment Through The Ages

Addiction & Alcoholism Treatment Through The Ages

The Big Book describes a situation in which there is little but “jails, institutions, or death” for the progressive alcoholic.  In “The Doctor’s Opinion,” Dr. Silkworth describes how; often regardless of the medical and psychiatric approaches implemented, many alcoholics do not have the ability to recover.  In regards to physicians, Silkworth states “the general opinion seems to be that most alcoholics are doomed.”  While he rationalizes the contemporary, yet infantile form of Alcoholics Anonymous, I … Read entire article »

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ORIGINS OF 12 STEP PRAYERS IN RECOVERY

As I read the prayers which Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has adopted, as staples in the program, I have trouble simply reciting them and without wondering what their origins are.  I am instructed to do so by my sponsor; my peers in the program, and lets not forget Bill Wilson. Why these specific prayers? What is the spiritual significance? I comprehend the surface meaning behind most of the prayers, even their context; however I have not been able to wrap my head around their origins or the reasons why they were implemented into the program in the first place.  Did Bill Wilson himself create these prayers? Were they already in existence? If so, are they spoken in their unadulterated form, or were they tailored specifically for 12 step programs?  Join me … Read entire article »

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Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous:
Not a Saint, Just an Everyday Alcoholic

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs have helped millions of people recovery from alcoholism and other ailments. Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous may have been one of the main contributors in developing this spiritual program but by no means was he a saint. Many individuals who are anti-AA like to bring up several problems Bill Wilson had after he became sober. A big issue that caused problems even while he was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous was his womanizing. He would find woman in Alcoholics Anonymous and use his reputation almost like a celebrity to attract them. He would also offer young women ‘private counseling’. His wife ignored his infidelities and other tried to ignore and cover it up to keep the A.A. name from being slandered. … Read entire article »

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Original AA Manuscript to Be Released to the Public

Original AA Manuscript to Be Released to the Public

For nearly 70 years the original manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) by co-founder Bill Wilson has been hidden away. However, next week the original manuscript is set to become public for the first time, complete with edits by Wilson-picked commentators. Since AA was originally founded in 1939, there has been much debate over whether or not AA is a religious-based group. The release of the original manuscript will release some interesting edits that … Read entire article »

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