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The origins of Alcoholics Anonymous can
be traced to the Oxford Group, a religious
movement popular in the United States and
Europe in the early 20th century.
Members of the Oxford Group practiced a
formula of self-improvement by performing
self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making
amends, using prayer and meditation, and
carrying the message to others.
In the early 1930s, a well-to-do Vermonter,
Rowland H., visited the noted Swiss
psychoanalyst Carl Jung (at left) for help
with his alcoholism. Jung determined that
Rowland's case was medically hopeless, and
that he could only find relief through a vital
spiritual experience. Jung directed him to the
One of Ebby's schoolmate friends from Vermont and a drinking buddy, was Bill W.. Ebby sought
out his old friend at his home at 182 Clinton Street in Brooklyn, New York, to carry the message of
Bill W. had been a golden boy on Wall Street,
enjoying success and power as a stockbroker, but
his promising career had been ruined by
continuous and chronic alcoholism. Now,
approaching 39 years of age, he was learning that
his problem was hopeless, progressive, and
irreversible. He had sought medical treatment at
Towns Hospital in Manhattan, but he was still
Bill was, at first, unconvinced by Ebby's
story of transformation and the claims of the
Oxford Group. But in December 1934, after again
landing in Towns hospital for treatment, Bill
underwent a powerful spiritual experience unlike
any he had ever known. His depression and
despair were lifted, and he felt free and at peace.
Bill stopped drinking, and worked the rest of his
life to bring that freedom and peace to other
alcoholics. The roots of Alcoholics Anonymous
MORE TO COME.....
|Trudging the history
road in Area 26