“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”
My name is Robert and I am an alcoholic. Step one is the admission of complete defeat to this disease, which has been a challenge for most of us, as I know it was for me. I went through 8 or 9 30-day relapses and eventually stayed sober for 5 1/2 years. I went through the motions of the steps, but had not been truly able to take the first step seriously until I hit bottom during my last 3 year run. Three years of skin color changing, liver killing and kidney suffered drinking led to my surrender.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."