The original big blue book of AA, with the story of it's founding and the experiences of the original group as well as help for current people addicted to alcohol.
While not an alcoholic myself, I know that this book has been a great help to those who are and it's been a great help to me in dealing with loved ones with this problem.
Originally published in 1939, when A.A. membership numbered about one hundred, "Alcoholics Anonymous" has steadily grown in readship. By the time the second edition appeared in 1955, membership had reached over 150,000, and the "Big Book," A.A. members' fond title for their basic text, had reached a distribution of more than 300,000.
The section of personal stories was updated with new stories in the second and third editions in order to reflect the wider range and different life experiences of alcoholics over the years since 1935 letter: "The story section of the Big Book is far more important than most of us think. It is our principal means of identifying with the reader outside A.A.; it is the written equivalent of hearing speakers at an A.A. meeting; it is our show window of results."
Shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today.
This book gives unbelieveable insight to the alcoholic and how to deal and overcome the addiction.
The original foundation for all 12 Step programs. Chapters 2 and 3 describe what it feels like to be an alcoholic. Chapter 4 is the original statement of the 12 Steps. Chapter 5, We Agnostics, explains how AA is not a religion and does not depend upon or require a belief in God. Appendix 3 is the medical opinion about alcoholism: written in the 1930's it is still surprisingly accurate. Chapter 8 though, "For Wives," is about what Bill thought his wife should do; he wrote it, she didn't. It's pretty terrible.
For anyone who is or know someone who they think is afflicted with alcoholism. This book is the answer you are looking for. JUST FOLLOW THE STEPS! I also ask that if you request this book, you do so in the spirit of AA!