This volume sets forth the cornerstone concepts of recovery and relates stories of those who have overcome alcoholism. A lifeline to millions worldwide, it is the most widely used resource for recovering alcoholics.
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Ursprünglich 1939 in den USA als ‚Alcoholics Anonymous‘ erschienen, wurde der Titel auch zum Namensgeber für die Gemeinschaft ‚Anonyme Alkoholiker‘. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt umfasste die AA-Gemeinschaft 100 Mitglieder. Dieser Band hat dazu beigetragen, dass jetzt weltweit über 2 Millionen sagen, dass sie AA-Mitglied sind. In vier Auflagen haben seither mehr als 30 Millionen Exemplare des ‚Big Book‘ ihre Leser gefunden. 1963 erschien die deutsche Erstausgabe unter dem Titel ‚Anonyme Alkoholiker‘, bekannt als ‚Blaues Buch’ – nach der Farbe des Einbands. Mehrere Auflagen sind inzwischen erschienen. Der Basistext auf den Seiten 1-192 blieb als Fundament der Genesung für die Anonymen Alkoholiker bis heute unverändert. Die Geschichten der ‚Pioniere von AA‘ verbinden den Leser mit den historischen Wurzeln der AA-Gemeinschaft und zeigen zusammen mit den 2009 neu eingefügten zeitnahen deutschsprachigen Lebensgeschichten, wie Alkoholiker noch heute mithilfe des vorgeschlagenen Genesungsprogramms nüchtern werden. Diese vorliegende revidierte Auflage 2016 entspricht der aktuellen amerikanischen Ausgabe. Dies ist die einzige von ‚A.A. World Services, Inc.‘ autorisierte E-Book-Version des Buches ‚Anonyme Alkoholiker‘.
The story of A.A.'s birth at Dr. Bob's Home in Akron on June 10, 1935. It tells what early AAs did in their meetings, homes, and hospital visits; what they read; and how their ideas developed from the Bible, the Oxford Group, and Christian literature. It depicts the roles of A.A. founders and their wives, and of Henrietta Seiberling, and T. Henry & Clarace Williams. Foreword by John F. Seiberling Finally--a history that ties together the events in New York and Akron during A.A.'s formative years from 1931-1939. It tells of the Bud Firestone Miracle and the 1933 Oxford Group events in Akron. Then of the early meetings in New York and Akron. It details the specific contributions to A.A. that T. Henry and Clarace Williams, Henrietta Seiberling, Bill Wilson, and Dr. Bob and Anne Smith made at A.A.'s Akron birthplace. It covers the when, where and how of A.A.'s birth. There are details as to surrenders, hospitalization, meetings, literature, Bible study and prayer and meditation, and what the Akron people did in their homes. And there are precise traces from the Bible, the Four Absolutes, Christian writers, and the Oxford Group into the Twelve Steps and the Big Book. This book is about what Akron gave to A.A. and what A.A. can attribute to its Akron birthplace.
A historical and comparative analysis of the Icelandic AA movement which seeks to explain its particular, and widespread success in Iceland despite formidable obstacles and paradoxical conditions. Not only is anonymity, one of AA's basic organizational principles, impossible in a society as small as Iceland, but the country's strong alcoholism treatment system has required a rethinking of AA's role, a move from being a central dynamic force in getting sober to an interactive supporting force in staying sober. Among the topics discussed in this book are the history, structure and transformation of the movement in Iceland, ad its relations and interactions with other groups, treatment programs and society as a whole.
The Twelve-Step Program Model Spiritually Oriented Recovery Twelve-Step Membership Effectiveness and Outcome Research
Author: Marc Galanter,Lee Anne Kaskutas
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no “real” value in recovery from addiction. More recently, evidence-based medicine is recognizing a spiritual component in healing—especially when it comes to addiction. The newest edition of Recent Developments in Alcoholism reflects this change by focusing on the 12-step model of recovery as well as mindfulness meditation and other spiritually oriented activity. More than thirty contributors bring together historical background, research findings, and clinical wisdom to analyze the compatibility of professional treatment and nonprofessional support, day-to-day concepts of relapse prevention, the value of community building in recovery, and much more. Among the topics covered: (1) How and why 12-step groups work. (2) The impact of the spiritual on mainstream treatment. (3) The impact of AA on other nonprofessional recovery programs. (4) AA outcomes for special populations. (5) Facilitating involvement in 12-step programs. (6) Methods for measuring religiousness and spirituality in alcohol research. Whether one is referring clients to 12-step programs or seeking to better understand the process, this is a unique resource for clinicians and social workers. Developmental psychologists, too, will find Volume 18—Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery a worthy successor to the series.
This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the treatment industry, and AA's remarkable influence in the media.
Alcoholics Anonymous and the Reality of Alcoholism
Author: David R. Rudy
Publisher: SIU Press
Category: Social Science
Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous parallels religious conversion, according to David R. Rudy in this timely study of the most famous self-help organization in the world. Drinkers who commit themselves to Alcoholics Anonymous embrace the radically different life-style, the altered world of the convert. To understand this conversion and, more important, to get a grip on the even deeper mystery of alcoholism itself, Rudy sought to answer these three questions: What processes are involved in becoming alcoholic? How does the alcoholic affiliate with, and become committed to, A. A.’s belief system? What is the relationship between the world of A. A. members and that constructed by alcohologists? Rudy establishes the history and structure of A. A. and examines the organization’s relationship to dominant sociological models, theories, and definitions of alcoholism.
Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God's Role in Recovery Confirmed! by Dick B. and Ken B. presents many quotations from the 29 personal stories included in the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. Those stories by many of A.A.'s pioneers testify to roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes with "medically-incurable" alcoholics.
Biography & Autobiography by Sally Brown,David R. Brown
Marty Mann was the first woman to achieve long-term sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, and she inspired thousands of others, especially women, to help themselves. The little-known life of Marty Mann rivals a Masterpiece Theatre drama. She was born into a life of wealth and privilege, sank to the lowest depths of poverty and despair, then rose to inspire thousands of others, especially women, to help themselves. The first woman to achieve long-term sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, Marty Mann advocated the understanding that alcoholism is an issue of public health, not morality. In their fascinating book, Sally and David Brown shed light on this influential figure in recovery history. Born in Chicago in 1905, Marty was favored with beauty, brains, charisma, phenomenal energy, and a powerful will. She could also out drink anyone in her group of social elites. When her father became penniless, she was forced into work, landed a lucrative public relations position, and a decade later was destitute because of her drinking. She was committed to a psychiatric center in 1938-a time when the term alcoholism was virtually unknown, the only known treatment was "drying out," and two men were compiling the book Alcoholics Anonymous. Marty read it on the recommendation of psychiatrist Dr. Harry Tiebout: it was her first step toward sobriety and a long, illustrious career as founder of the National Council on Alcoholism, or NCA.In the early 1950s, journalist Edward R. Murrow selected Marty as one of the 10 greatest living Americans. Marty died of a stroke in 1980, shortly after addressing the AA international convention in New Orleans.This is a story of one woman's indefatigable effort and indomitable spirit, compellingly told by Sally and David Brown.
"Jensen covers Bakhtin's theory of the relationship between the author and the hero of a text, using Lillian Roth's autobiographies as counterexamples of AA talks. He discusses "rigorous honesty" within AA programs and provides a detailed analysis of the rhetorical act of stating "I am an alcoholic" in the context of an AA meeting. He devotes an entire chapter to explaining how AA meetings provide an example of what Bakhtin meant by carnival, a process through which humor, irony, and parody supply a mechanism for questioning commonly held beliefs. He shows how newcomers to AA move away from their egocentric personae as practicing alcoholics to adopt a new identity within AA. Turning back to Bakhtin, he describes the moments of discourse during which individuals confess past wrongs to God and to another person. Drawing further on Bakhtin, he examines the autobiographical moments of AA talks, stressing that these moments never become fully autobiographical.
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A fascinating, account of the discovery and program of Alcoholics Anonymous, Not God contains anecdotes and excerpts from the diaries, correspondence, and occasional memoirs of AA's early figures. The most complete history of A.A. ever written. Not God contains anecdotes and excerpts from the diaries, correspondence, and occasional memoirs of A.A.'s early figures. A fascinating, fast-moving, and authoritative account of the discovery and development of the program and fellowship that we know today as Alcoholics Anonymous.
The 7 Points of Alcoholics Anonymous is the final work of Richmond Walker, author of the best-selling, beloved book, Twenty-Four Hours a Day. This book is the summation of Walker's knowledge on the practice and fundamentals of 12 Step recovery. Topics include an overview and history of A.A., the nature of alcoholism and recovery, the 12 Step way, fellowship, surrender, character defects, amends, living One Day at a Time, and sharing.
Alcoholics Anonymous has two million members worldwide; yet this fellowship remains a mystery to most people, and is even viewed by some as a cult or a religion. Written by an award-winning psychiatrist and educator in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse, What Is Alcoholics Anonymous? provides the most in-depth overview to date of this popular and established yet poorly understood recovery movement. Author Dr. Marc Galanter integrates findings from the latest research in psychology, cultural history, and clinical science with a diverse range of first-person experiences with AA. The result is a thorough, objective, and accessible investigation into what AA is, how it works, and how the organization might be considered and used by both healthcare professionals and anyone affected by pursuit of recovery.
This book straddles the divide between personal story and period history. In his finely researched account, Jay D. Moore follows the life of a driven, genius stock analyst brought to the brink of insanity by alcohol. A second thread traces the story of a physician humbled and bewildered by the same struggle. Finally, the story traverses the path through life of an unimaginably wealthy man, telling how he decides to use his treasure to benefit others. It has been said that there are no new ideas, only history we have not yet learned. No new ideas were brought to the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, for everything the co-founders and early members did had been done before. What they managed to change, however, was to stick to their knitting. The facts presented here help separate the truth from legend, as the story of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Rockefeller connection is presented with more depth and analysis than has been brought to the subject before.
This book is the first to deal comprehensively with the spoken discourse of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), particularly within AA meetings. These meetings are generally not easily accessible to researchers, but are AA s central activity and provide the forum through which it operates. AA is actually constituted and manifested through its discursive practices. To therefore understand what happens in meetings is to appreciate AA, particularly as it does not have a coherent system of defining propositional beliefs or a recognizable hierarchy and authorized spokesmen. This study also examines AA written texts, including Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book) and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Without a thorough knowledge of its written texts, one can only have a limited understanding of AA meeting discourse since these written texts are constantly alluded to and are the source of the Twelve Steps, which provide a framework and the guiding principles for AA life stories. The first part of the book is a general introduction to AA and gives an account of how its discourse emerged. Part two focuses on the personal narratives of AA, its primary genre, and it is noted how these specialize in a particular process of self evaluation, allowing speakers to reconstruct their life stories though a process of co-construction which enables members to make new attributions for both their alcoholism and their recovery. It also examines the form and structure of the AA meeting, where it is noted how the modern AA meeting is a formal, even ritualized event; all members having clear expectations of what is to happen. The study also uses actual material from AA meetings to illustrate that: AA meeting discourse is perhaps unique in the degree of discursive symmetry it creates between members. Through sharing, the individual voice of recovery gains ascendancy over the voice of active alcoholism. This is not only as a manifestation of recovery but also constitutive of it as the voice of recovery is internalized, creating for members a new alignment to the world and others. Through constructing their compulsive drinking as a disease of body, mind and spirit, AA members find a new form of coherence in their lives which does not apportion blame either to themselves or the people and circumstances of their lives. However, they remain responsible for being in a fit state mentally and spiritually to resist the physical trigger - the first drink. In their accounts of everyday life, AA members display their acceptance of people, places and things as well as the display of willingness to work the AA programme. Presenting their lives as governed by these two principles is evidence of a new personal alignment, one less driven by self interest and more inclined to take opportunities as they arise rather than force events to their will. This is seen as a spiritual realignment which challenges the previous alcoholic tendency to be at odds with other people and society at large."
A Biography of Alcoholics Anonymous Cofounder Bill Wilson
Author: Francis Hartigan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
When Bill Wilson, with his friend Dr. Bob Smith, founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, his hope was that AA would become a safe haven for those who suffered from this disease. Thirty years after his death, AA continues to help millions of alcoholics recover from what had been commonly regarded as a hopeless addiction. Still, while Wilson was a visionary for millions, he was no saint. After cofounding Alcoholics Anonymous, he stayed sober for over thirty-five years, helping countless thousands rebuild their lives. But at the same time, Wilson suffered form debilitating bouts of clinical depression, was a womanizer, and experimented with LSD. Francis Hartigan, the former secretary and confidant to Wilson's wife, Lois, has exhaustively researched his subject, writing with a complete insider's knowledge. Drawing on extensive interviews with Lois Wilson and scores of early members of AA, he fully explores Wilson's organizational genius, his devotion to the cause, and almost martyr-like selflessness. That Wilson, like all of us, had to struggle with his own personal demons makes this biography all the more moving and inspirational. Hartigan reveals the story of Wilson's life to be as humorous, horrific, and powerful as any of the AA vignettes told daily around the world.