I didn’t limit my drinking and I don’t limit my sobriety.

I didn’t limit my drinking and I don’t limit my sobriety.

One of the many ways I stay sober today is slowly re-reading through all of AA literature individually with anyone willing to do so, usually 30 minutes a week on Skype. That way, I get someone else’s perspective most every day.

AA literature reveals how human we all are. An example is Bill Wilson giving Dr. Bob Smith his last beer on June 10, 1935 plus a ‘goofball’, a sedative to calm Dr. Bob’s hands so he could perform a surgical operation that morning. That is AA’s anniversary date, the date of Dr. Bob’s last drink of alcohol.

Another refreshing passage from AA literature can be found in AA’s biography of Bill Wilson,
Pass It On ©1984, page 204:

“By April 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous was a fellowship with its own basic text and program. Final editing of the book was done by Tom Uzzell, member of the faculty at New York University. Uzzell cut the book by at least a third (some say half – from 800 to 400 pages) and sharpened it in the process. He was very firm in declaring that “Alcoholics Anonymous” was the right title; it described the Fellowship, and it was catchy. Dr. Howard, a psychiatrist in Montclair, New Jersey, made a vitally important contribution. He suggested that there were too many “you musts.” Bill said that the psychiatrist’s “idea was to remove all forms of coercion, to put our Fellowship on a ‘we ought’ basis instead of a ‘you must’ basis.”

Jimmy B. had a colorful description of this interchange. “Dr. Howard read [the manuscript] and brought it back the next day,” he recalled. “He said Bill was making a big damn mistake. ‘This is the Oxford Group,’ he said. ‘You have to change the whole damn thing.’
“We asked, ‘Why? What is the matter with it? It is perfect.’
“He said, ‘You have to take out the must. You have to take out the God – the complete God.’ Did Bill go into a tizzy then! He almost blew his top. Here was his baby being torn apart by a screwball psychiatrist.”

AA was born in the Oxford Group, a back-to-basics Christianity movement and continues growing and developing beyond that.

I didn’t limit my drinking and I don’t limit my sobriety. I use all of AA and beyond to stay sober.

Dan F.