“We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition > There Is A Solution, pg. 22
“One of the first insights Dr. Bob and I shared was that all true communication must be founded on mutual need. Never could we talk down to anyone, certainly not to a fellow alcoholic. We saw that each sponsor would have to humbly admit his own needs as clearly as those of his prospect.”
. . . he has struck something better than gold. . . . He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product.
– Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 129
Thought to Ponder . . . In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving, or receive without giving.
AA-related ‘Alconym’ . . . H E A L = Helping Every Alcoholic Live.