That simple sentence says so much to so many, those recovering. And to be completely honest I think every one would benefit from experiencing the meaning behind all it is, the 12 step program. It is a great teaching program, we all go through some hard times in our lives and find it hard to cope on a day to day basis. The 12 step shows you how to face the demons, one day at a time. No one is perfect, we all reach out at some point.
Having worked in the addictions field, I found it to be the most rewarding job ever. To see someone at their lowest, climb to the point of being able to cope and learning to live one day at a time. I read the Big Book and want to read it again. I watched all the videos and experienced the program daily.
Today I wondered through a 2nd hand store and seen shelves of books. I love books! I especially love the old non-fiction reads, they show just how much the times have changed. My eyes fell upon a title, Lois Remembers. It is the memoirs of the co-founder of Al-Anon and wife of the co-founder of Alcoholic Anonymos Bill W.
This book I have not read! And I am so looking forward to reading it. I will start this evening and will give my thoughts when done.
If you have read it, what is your thoughts?
~Lois Remembers Memoirs of the Co-founder of Al-Anon & wife of the Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Lois W. is the co-founder of the Al-Anon Family Groups & the widow of Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Here she recalls her childhood and life in Brooklyn as the protected daughter of a leading doctor, and her romantic marriage to Bill during World War I. She also tells how AA and Al-Anon started and how they have brought hope to more than a million alcoholics and those who love them. She recalls idyllic summer days in beautiful rural Vermont and long hiking and motorcycling trips with Bill. Later came darker times when she and Bill tried vainly to conquer his illness of Alcoholism. Then Bill’s spiritual awakening led to his meeting with Dr. Bob S. in Akron, Ohio, and the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Lois tells how the 12 Steps and the 12 Traditions grew out of the early experiences of AA members and groups, and were later adopted by Al-Anon. Her steadfast support and love for Bill were important throughout their marriage, but she found she needed her own program of recovery. Out of this need and that of other spouses and children of alcoholics grew Al-Anon for alcoholics’ families and friends, and Alateen for their children.~