Friday, October 01, 2010

Alcoholics Anonymous: A.A.'s Greatest Sponsors

How would you like to have had the world's greatest sponsor in your own Alcoholics Anonymous recovery efforts?

Here are some historical tips:

1. A.A. Cofounder Dr. Bob. Bill Wilson called Dr. Bob the "Prince of All Twelfth-Steppers." You can find that in A.A. General Service Conference-Approved Pamphlet P-53. Bill pointed out that Dr. Bob had helped over 5000 drunks to recover and never charged a penny for his services. Bill said that probably no one would ever have attained such a record.

2. The Orginal A.A. Program itself, as reported on page 131 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, consisted of 5 required actions and two recommended actions. Not 6 word-of-mouth steps that Bill talked about. Not the 12 Steps which were unpublished until the spring of 1939. But a program that, by November of 1937, had a documented 75% success rate among the seemingly hopeless, medically incurable, last gasp real alcoholics who went to any lengths to establish their relationship with God and get well. All these details are spelled out in detail and documented in the new The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., 2010 You can find and acquire it on

3. The Cleveland Program founded by Clarence H. Snyder on May 11, 1939. Clarence brought to Clevelanders the newly published Big Book and 12 Steps, the Bible, and the Oxford Group's 4 Absolutes - Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love. This was a group for alcoholics only. It was called "Alcoholics Anonymous." Clarence took beginners through the 12 Steps in two days or less. The first Cleveland group grew from one group to 30 groups in a year. It had a documented 93% success rate. And Clarence became the A.A. with the longest sobriety by the time of his death. He sponsored hundreds of folks--men and women.

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