Alcoholics Anonymous & History of AA
(1) Learning how—in present-day recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, treatment centers, counseling and therapy, and Christian Recovery fellowships—to bring the best of more than 75 years of spiritual and religious work with alcoholics and drug addicts to those still suffering. (2) Learning that “old school A.A.” had unique successes because of its simple “Christian fellowship” program that was founded in Akron, Ohio, in 1935, and relied primarily on God. (3) Learning that—despite modern recovery’s drifts toward secularism, diverse beliefs, and “evidence-based” ideas—the present Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Conference-approved literature still stands on a solid foundation of reliance on the Creator for healing and a transformed mind that draws on the Bible for fundamental basics, and (4) Learning that—despite volumes of literature, diversity of opinion, and idolatrous thinking that spurns God’s help as a factor in the recovery and cure of alcoholism—the principles and practices of early A.A. can be applied in today’s recovery arena to bring to those who want “Divine Aid”--the power, love, healing, guidance, salvation, and forgiveness of God to suffering people who want God’s help and are willing to go to any lengths to get it. Then help others. Just as they did before A.A. was founded and certainly in Akron A.A., starting in 1935.
A Six-Item Package Containing the Following Literature:
· Alcoholics Anonymous: “THE BIG BOOK”: The Original 1939 Edition, With a New Introduction by Dick B. (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 2011) http://mcaf.ee/j4hq5
· The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches: Their Last Major Talks [New York, NY: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1972, 1975 (Pamphlet P-53)]. This A.A. General Service Conference-approved pamphlet is available through from A.A. Central, Intergroup, and District Office; from the A.A. GSO in New York; and online: http://www.aa.org/pdf/products/p-53_theCo-FoundersofAA.pdf. [We recommend that you acquire a large quantity of the physical pamphlet; highlight key sections—particularly in Dr. Bob’s last major talk (e.g., on pages 13-14)--; include your contact information (e.g., a phone number, an email address, and/or a Web site URL address); and give the pamphlets to everyone who attends your meetings, make sure a good supply of the pamphlets is always available on the literature table at A.A. meetings you attend, and give them away to alcoholics and others impacted by alcoholism.
· Dick B., The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible: www.dickb.com/goodbook.shtml.
· Dick B., The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials: www.dickb.com/JamesClub.shtml
· Dick B. and Ken B., Stick with the Winners! How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature: A Dick B. Guide for Christian Leaders and Workers in the Recovery Arena: http://mcaf.ee/s50mq
· Dick B. and Ken B., Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed!: http://mcaf.ee/gj7iw
What Dick B. and Ken B. Are Available to Do:
· Train the trainers by providing the foregoing resources; and by meeting and speaking with those trainers, and helping them establish meetings to effectuate application in today’s recovery arena of the successful principles and practices of “old-school” A.A.’s “First Century Christianity” recovery program.
· Appear at conferences; make information available on the Internet; and write introductions for those who already conduct Christian recovery programs and want a “First Century Christianity” element—as seen in early A.A.—in those efforts.
· Consult with Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena who want to start A.A. directory-listed groups, or Christian Recovery fellowships, programs, groups, or resource centers incorporating the “old-school” A.A. values and successes.
· Meet in person with any or all of the foregoing, either at one of our locations in Maui, Hawaii, or elsewhere during events where travel, meals, and lodging expenses are covered.
The Comprehensive Historical Guide for Your Program Today
Dick B. and Ken B. have been engaged in this research and providing content for 24 years. They have published 46 titles and over 1,500 articles filling in the details. They plan to make these resources available “one bite at a time” in meetings, talks, radio presentations, and film presentations; on blogs, audios, and forums; and via social media. This squib idea rests on the fact that there is a large amount of effective recovery research and resources that simply cannot be offered or absorbed in one book, one conference, one meeting, or one group. Utility and comprehension can be achieved “one day at a time” as viewers, listeners, and readers learn “one step at a time.” This approach is far different and hopefully much more promising and fruitful than the talks of circuit speakers who--though immensely popular--simply tell the same old same old “drunkalogs” but don’t necessarily enlighten meetings about God, the Bible, the Steps, or the Big Book.