THE ALCOHOLIC FOUNDATION
IN OUR text we have shown the
alcoholic how he may recover but we realize that many
will want to write us.
To receive these inquiries, to
administer royalties from this book and such other funds
as may come to hand, a Trust has been created known as
The Alcoholic Foundation. Seven Trustees are members of
Alcoholics Anonymous, the other eight are well-known
business and professional men who have volunteered their
services. The Trust states these eight (who are not of
Alcoholics Anonymous) or their successors, shall always
constitute a majority of the Board of Trustees. The
Alcoholic Foundation maintains an office in New York
City as national headquarters of Alcoholics Anonymous.
We must frankly state however, that
due to our rapid growth we may be unable to reply to all
inquiries promptly. Nevertheless we shall strenuously
attempt to communicate with those men and women who are
able to report that they are staying sober and working
with other alcoholics. It is our practice once we have
such an active nucleus, to refer to its members those
inquiries originating near them. Starting with small but
active centers created in this fashion, hundreds of
successful fellowships have already sprung up.
The Alcoholic Foundation is our sole
agency of its kind. We have agreed that all business
engagements touching nationally upon our alcoholic work
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asked for credentials and if unsatisfactory, these ought
to be checked with the Foundation at once. We welcome
inquiry by scientific, medical and religious societies.
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THE terms "spiritual experience" and
"spiritual awakening" are used many times in this book
which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality
change sufficient to bring about recovery from
alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many
Yet it is true that our first
printing gave many readers the impression that these
personality changes, or religious experiences, must be
in the nature of sudden and spectacular upheavals.
Happily for everyone, this conclusion is erroneous.
In the first few chapters a number of
sudden revolutionary changes are described. Though it
was not our intention to create such an impression, many
alcoholics have nevertheless concluded that in order to
recover they must acquire an immediate and overwhelming
"God-consciousness" followed at once by a vast change in
feeling and outlook.
Among our rapidly growing membership
of thousands of alcoholics such transformations, though
frequent, are by no means the rule. Most of our
experiences are what the psychologist William James
calls the "educational variety" because they develop
slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the
newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is
himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a
profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a
change could hardly have been brought about by himself
alone. What often takes place in a few months could
seldom have been accomplished by years of self
discipline. With few exceptions our members find that
they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which
they presently identify with their own conception of a
Power greater than themselves.
Most of us think this awareness of a
Power greater than ourselves the essence of spiritual
experience. Our more religious members call it
Most emphatically we wish to say that
any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in
the light of our experience can recover provided he does
not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can
only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or
We find that no one need have
difficulty with the spiritual side of the program.
Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the
essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.