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AA Timeline 1935 - 2013. 19351935 Alcoholic and doctor shared similar views of alcoholism and ways to reach sobriety. Bill W is inspired by Dr. Samuel.

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1 AA Timeline

2 Alcoholic and doctor shared similar views of alcoholism and ways to reach sobriety. Bill W is inspired by Dr. Samuel Shoemaker about a program with the use of one-on-one work and guidance. After failure to help alcoholics he reaches out to Dr. William Silkworth who helps him understand that he needs to treat alcoholism as an illness and do less preaching. Alcoholic and doctor shared similar views of alcoholism and ways to reach sobriety. Bill W is inspired by Dr. Samuel Shoemaker about a program with the use of one-on-one work and guidance. After failure to help alcoholics he reaches out to Dr. William Silkworth who helps him understand that he needs to treat alcoholism as an illness and do less preaching.

3 1935 (continued) Bill has strong urge to drink and seeks help from the church. He is referred him to an Oxford group member. He realizes much spiritual support can come from an addict talking to another addict. Bill helps an alcoholic, Dr. Bob. Dr. Bob relapses for a short period and his last drink is the founders day of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill has strong urge to drink and seeks help from the church. He is referred him to an Oxford group member. He realizes much spiritual support can come from an addict talking to another addict. Bill helps an alcoholic, Dr. Bob. Dr. Bob relapses for a short period and his last drink is the founders day of Alcoholics Anonymous.

4 1935 (continued) Dr. Bob and Bill work together to help others reach sobriety by using the concepts of thinking one day at a time and the 24 hour concept. This is an idea which helps addicts remain sober by making them think only about not drinking in the present moment and worry about the future when it arrives. They slowly help more people and hold weekly meetings at Bills home. Dr. Bob and Bill work together to help others reach sobriety by using the concepts of thinking one day at a time and the 24 hour concept. This is an idea which helps addicts remain sober by making them think only about not drinking in the present moment and worry about the future when it arrives. They slowly help more people and hold weekly meetings at Bills home.

5 step program is born, the AA big book is written, and self-published.

6 Open meetings to family and friends of alcoholics were introduced. Close meetings are still going on as well. First women to achieve lasting sobriety, Marty M. Open meetings to family and friends of alcoholics were introduced. Close meetings are still going on as well. First women to achieve lasting sobriety, Marty M.

7 AA spreads throughout the US.

8 First all womens group is founded. The serenity prayer is introduced to AA meetings. AA reaches 8,000 members in about 200 groups across the country. Bill starts to travel to the groups. First all womens group is founded. The serenity prayer is introduced to AA meetings. AA reaches 8,000 members in about 200 groups across the country. Bill starts to travel to the groups.

9 AA reaches out to prison groups. - AA spreads to Australia. AA reaches out to prison groups. - AA spreads to Australia.

10 The twelve traditions of AA are written and published. - AA spreads nationwide. The twelve traditions of AA are written and published. - AA spreads nationwide.

11 Dr. Bob is diagnosed with terminal cancer, retires, and gives his last AA talk.

12 Dr. Bob dies concurring 15 years of sobriety and changed approximately 100,000 lives.

13 Al-anon groups were created for loved ones of addicts to share their experiences and better understand the illness.

14 Alateen groups were created for children of alcoholics to help them cope.

15 Bill W dies.

16 Big book distribution reaches one million.

17 AA groups for deaf people are available.

18 Dr. Bobs house opens to the public.

19 aa.org is opened.

20 Members top 2 million.

21 /11 hits and many requests for AA meetings are made.

22 Meeting are still going on today.

23 CitationCitation AA History Timeline [Fact sheet]. (2002, August). Retrieved February 16, 2006, from AA History Timeline: Alcoholics Anonymous Dates of Interest website: ry_timeline.htm AA Timeline. (2013). Retrieved 2013, from AA History Timeline [Fact sheet]. (2002, August). Retrieved February 16, 2006, from AA History Timeline: Alcoholics Anonymous Dates of Interest website: ry_timeline.htm AA Timeline. (2013). Retrieved 2013, from


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