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Personal Stories Part II: Most of these fortunate ones have had little or no acquaintance with delirium, with hospitals, asylums, and jails.


Some were drinking heavily, and there had been occasional serious episodes. But with many, drinking had been little more than a sometimes uncontrollable nuisance.

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Seldom had any a.a. big book these lost either health, business, family, or friends. Why do men and women like these join A. The seventeen who now tell their experiences answer that question.

They saw that they had become actual or potential alcoholics, even though no serious harm had yet been done. They realized that repeated lack of drinking control, when a.a. big book really wanted control, was the fatal symptom that spelled problem a.a. big book.

The journal Employee Assistance Quarterly in asked three professionals in the field of addictive behaviors to review the book, with each reviewer asked to answer the following questions: Does the Big Book provide an adequate explanation of alcoholism recovery?

Is the therapeutic approach to alcoholism as depicted in this text consisted with contemporary efforts to treating addictive behaviours like alcoholism?


Does this text adequately reflect how Alcoholics Anonymous and other self-help groups currently practice? Albert Ellis called the book "complex and profound" and a.a.

big book it probably helped millions of people with addictions.

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Ellis found seven of the a.a. big book steps to be useful to the recovering alcoholic: Some of his reasons for distrusting these steps included the contention that millions had overcome alcohol while remaining agnostic or atheist and that the necessity to accept belief in a Higher Power likely pushed more a.a.

big book away from the program than it drew in. Ellis' analysis of the book was that it has some excellent views but that "A. Alan Marlatt also questioned the necessity of a need for a Higher Power but concluded that he was "impressed with the amazing success of A.

If alcoholism is really a disease of the spirit for which alcohol is no real solutionthen it makes sense that a.a. big book religious fellowship of A.

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Especially if it keeps its members sober, which A. Rather, it is a description of a program that a.a. big book effective, and provides testimonials of people whom the program has helped.

This theory was a holdover from the pre-Darwinian belief that offspring inherited acquired character traits from their parents. The increase in scientific knowledge in the early 20th century led to questions about this view of alcoholics, but the view still dominated for the first 30 years of the century.

A decisive turn toward seeing alcohol as a disease was the publication of The Big Book and the founding of A.

The Big Book is one of the bestselling books of all time and has received numerous accolades, including being designated as one of the most influential books written in English by TIME Magazineand one a.a.

big book the books that shaped America by the Library of Congress. A.a. big book of the Big Book Bill W. 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.


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, a.a. big book the system appeared to facilitate sobriety in many other individuals.

Started writing the book in the late s, and the first edition was published in by Bill W.