My name is Anne, I'm an alcoholic,
Can you imagine...no such thing as AA? There was a time when AA didn't exist. I learned that for about 100 years prior to the 'birth' of AA, professionals began to concur that there was something really wrong with these people/something more to the story
...they were refering to alcoholics. There was a summer program put together at Yale to 'study' this phenomenon. It was determined that, in fact--yes...there was indeed something more
wrong with these people
. 'We' baffled genius'...couldn't they
just not drink?? Can't they
see the trouble they
are causing? 'We' were an out and out mystery, but somebody received a brain wave to see if more could be done for these
people, as it was obvious they they
were, indeed, sick. The summer 'camp' study wrapped up, but the research and experiments did not. Eventually, there were, in fact, a set of "steps" devised, and--ironically, there were 12. I've seen these 12 steps, and the first 6 are an echo of what we have today, the last 6 are--well--an echo of the first "original" 6...in fact, I had to sort-a chuckle as the thought occured to me that these particular "12-steps" appear as though they were devised over a jug of whiskey...the 1st 6 make sense, the last--were--humorous. BUT---at least
somebody made the effort, and made a start--somebody at least tried
. Then, prohibition came along, and all research&work came to a halt, as now, the problem wasn't the alcoholic so much as the alcohol itself, right? Yale apparently didn't work alone, either--Harvard had come on-board, too (any surprised? "Oxford" group)...but, all the paperwork were put away in storage (basements of Yale, ie). By the time prohibition ended, any thought of research, etc., was long forgotten...but it's a strange coincidence to me...when we look at the entire time frame as a whole, it really wasn't so long after prohibition was lifted, that the 'birth' of AA occured.
It's beyond my scope to think that there are those who have not heard of AA...but that's only a prejudice type of thought. Maybe it's no coincidence at all that I've always known about AA. Didn't understand (nor did I really want
) what AA was all about...but...there it was...it was always there
in the very far recesses of my mind. Imagine that
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