If we keep on the way we are going there is little doubt that much good will result, but the surface of the problem would hardly be scratched. Those of us who live in large cities are overcome by the reflection that close by hundreds are dropping into oblivion every day. Many could recover if they had the opportunity we have enjoyed. How then shall we present that which has been so freely given us?
We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem. Of necessity there will have to be discussion of matters medical, psychiatric, social, and religious. We are aware that these matters are, from their very nature, controversial. Nothing would please us so much as to write a book which would contain no basis for contention or argument. We shall do our utmost to achieve that ideal. Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others.
Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. “Here Bill W talks about ongoing twelve step work that we are required to do so we can stay sober. Remember all the phone calls Bill made that day in the hotel lobby until he finally got a hold of someone he could talk to”. “We always need to talk our problems out with another alcoholic who understands how we think/ feel/ and are going through”.