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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
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
several others were finally able to keep from drinking by practicing the Oxford Group principles.
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 hope.
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 drinking.
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 were planted.
MORE TO COME.....
|Trudging the history
road in Area 26
Inviting all Groups,
Districts and other
significant events to
submit a page of
describing your history
to add to our "History
Road" of AA in Area 26.
The Road will be on
display during the Fall
Area 26 Assembly at the
Bardstown High School.
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