There Is A Solution

The man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, the difficulty that once he starts drinking he cannot stop or moderate his drinking. that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured – these are the conditions we have found most effective. After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again. None of us makes a sole vocation of this work, nor do we think its effectiveness would be increased if we did. ” It says our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety but this is not the only thing we must do”. We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs. “We need to get back to work; we need to provide for our families and so on. Then as we stay sober we can go out and start to help the alcoholic who is still suffering”. All of us spend much of our spare time in the sort of effort which we are going to describe. A few are fortunate enough to be so situated that they can give nearly all their time to the work.

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