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Bill W.

Bill W. (Bill Wilson - so much for anonymity) was an interesting man and became a co-founder of the world renowned Alcoholics Anonymous group. Bill had an interesting life but largely was plagued by drinking problems which caused him to fail more than achieve in his early years.


Bill W.

Born in 1895 he fought in the Spanish American War as a national guards man, was thrown out of med school more than once, travelled the country with his new bride as a stock speculator and ultimately lost much of his success to alcoholism.

Treatments

Bill W actually spent some time in a medical facility for alcoholics four times under the care of Dr. William Silkworth who believed that alcoholics were not driven by a lack of moral aptitude but that instead it was a combination of afflictions that caused the alcoholism.

Dr. Silkworth was one of the first doctors to recognize alcoholics as potentially being afflicted by a disease.

The Cure

Bill W. and alcoholism had quite a few battles over the years. During his last stay in the hospital, Bill reported that he cried out to God and asked for help. He reported seeing a bright flash of light and a warm sensation of peace and serenity came over his body and he never took a drink again.

Dr. Silkworth was baffled by the turnaround. Bill was determined to keep from drinking but almost had a relapse while travelling to Ohio on a failed business trip. Instead he decided to reach out to another alcoholic and tell him of his spiritual experience. He had some experience with the Oxford Group which was a religious group of Christian evangelical men that were committed to helping people get sober.

He used the group's directory to locate Dr. Bob Smith. Instead of taking the drink that he desired he stayed on the phone and spoke to Dr. Smith about his experience. This "talk therapy" helped him to get rid of the urge to drink but more so helped Dr. Smith to find his own sobriety. Helping other alcoholics became Bill W.'s life's work.

The Early Days

Wilson and Smith joined forces and began telling their stories to other alcoholics and in less than a year 100 former alcoholics formed the "a nameless squad of drunks". Shortly thereafter a handbook was published with Bill W. and Dr. Bob being the main authors. The book was called Alcoholics Anonymous, shortly thereafter the movement adopted the name and alcoholics anonymous was born.

First Step to Twelve Steps

The book Alcoholics Anonymous contained twelve suggestions to foster spiritual growth and was given to members free of charge. Bill W. likely never knew the impact that he would have not only on alcoholics but on other addicts as well. The Twelve Steps are a global mantra for many people that are trying to cope with addiction.

Bill W. passed away in 1971 completely sober since his moment of clarity in that hospital in 1934, just three years shy of 40 years of sobriety.

 

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