The big book of alcoholics anonymous and twelve step programs across the world have helped millions of people recover from addictions, in large part because of doctor silkworth. Alcoholism is a threefold malady that affects us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Silkworth chronic alcoholics pg xxv, xxvi, xxviii, xxix, 27 the doctors opinion. Study guide that explores solutions for alcoholics and drug addicts c. Then ill suggest that you post a new thread in the big book study forum here and list some of the commonalities between your experience and that chapter. I suppose the doctors opinion is a medical assessment of the causes, effects and symptoms of alcoholism, as manifested in a particular type of alcoholic. Wilson, one of the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.
It is a spiritual journey and the big book is our travel guide. If read in conjunction with chapter 2, there is a solution, you will have before you a range of typical characterisitics of the chronic alcoholic and probably enough information to make your. The big book of alcoholics anonymous, also referred to as alcoholics anonymous. The first 164 pages of the big book with lined pages opposite text for note taking. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism, is a collection of texts used by members of the alcoholics anonymous fellowship the book has undergone four revisions since william wilson, also known as bill w. The exproblem drinker xiv, 18, 20 there is a solution. This is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Steps by the big book free sbbb workbook for the 12. We the people demand one of the three following things of alcoholics anonymous world services, inc 1. Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and more concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. This is the second edition of the book alcoholics anonymous, which made its first appearance in april 1939.
The doctors opinion on alcoholism was presented on november 15. His breakdown of the different types of alcoholics helped me to understand why. This series of talks came about from a friendship that started in alcoholics. The purpose of this study guide is to enable the student to better understand the information the authors of the book, alcoholics anonymous, intended to impart to each of us based on their experience and knowledge of alcoholism and their program of recovery. Going through the big book of alcoholics anonymous can sometimes be a struggle. Read from aa big book, the doctors opinion, page xxviii, adapted to compulsive overeating. Joe and charlies doctors opinion big book step study. All references to the topics will be found in the first 164 pages of the book, alcoholics anonymous. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions alcoholics anonymous alcoholics anonymous this is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. The doctor s opinion xxv the subject presented in this book seems to me to be of paramount importance to those afflicted with alcoholic addiction. William duncan silkworth henceforth be removed from all printings of the big book. The doctors opinion w e ofalcoholics anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical esti mate of the plan of recovery described in this book.
My sponsor is strictly by the book he maid me start at the doctors opinion and when i got to the 3rd step prayer in how it works he asked me asked me the first to steps and i agreed then we went from there i took the third step and at once did an inventory then admitted to him and god and myself my wrongs then i was ready to have him remove my defects of. The doctors opinion on alcoholism november 2011 youtube. But on one level, the idea of an allergy is a good one. Book study 2 doctors opinion 12 by the big book study published on. More than 300,000 copies of the first edition are now in circulation. The individual sections of this study guide material reflect ideas, emotions and attitudes you might hear from the mouth of that old timer over in the corner. Aa speakers joe and charlie cover the doctors opinion from the big book of alcoholics anonymous in a way no one else can one can find the complete list of the world famous joe and charlie big book study tapes in the order they. Videos or graphic images may not be downloaded, copied or duplicated without the express written permission of alcoholics anonymous world services, inc. Alcoholic addiction xxv or xxvii 1st edition the doctors opinion dr. Direct quotes from the big book are found in italics and are set off by quotation marks.
If we practice the 12 steps, we are granted a daily reprieve. When sharing on the sunday night big book step study meeting, please identify yourself as. Minerva studioshutterstock those who enter recovery at a stepbased treatment center will often be handed a copy of alcoholics anonymous also known as the big book almost as soon as they are admitted and. Reading guide for the doctors opinion amethyst recovery center. It was written in 1939 and the terminology was different then. This is the official website of the general service office g. Twitteraa book study alcoholics anonymous the doctors opinion bills story there is a solution more about alcoholism we agnostics how it works into action working with others to wives the family afterward to employers a vision for you.
Where are the steps outlinedlaid out in the big book. Step study sundays 8pm est big book meeting same number as above note. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. The doctors opinion is an important part of the big book, as it details a physicians. Reprinted with permission from the grapevine magazine. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism generally known as the big book because of the thickness of the paper used in the first edition is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, primarily written by william g. We of alcoholics anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical estimate of the plan ofrecovery described in this book. Book study 1 doctors opinion 11 by the big book study published on 20160829t19. The program of alcoholics anonymous is not an intellectual challenge. Mann got sober save for a few shortterm relapses over the years and was an. The doctors opinion is an important part of the big book, as it details a physicians view of alcoholism and recovery.
The 164 and more book, ebook, and web site are all concordances which display passages from the big book alcoholics anonymous, the twelve steps and twelve traditions, and the a. Mann would soon befriend the books author, aa cocreator wilson, and she began attending aa meetings in 1939. I say this after many years experience as medical di rector of one of the oldest hospitals in the country treat ing alcoholic and drug addiction. These transcripts are not meant to be a replacement for the big book, but are an aid in the study of the program of recovery, found in the big book of alcoholics anonymous. Drs opinion 4th edition p xxv bills story chapter 1 p 1 16 there is a solution chapter 2 p 16 30 more about alcoholism chapter 3 p 30 43 we agnostics chapter 4 p 44 57 how it works chapter 5 p 58 71 into action continue reading big book of alcoholics anonymous. Because this book has become the basic text for our society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists a sentiment. It is the basic text of the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous, and has helped large numbers of alcoholic men and women, young and old, recover as of december 2009, 30,664,881 copies of the big book have been sold or otherwise. The doctors appraisal of the program suggested in the book lends authority to what the authors have to say. We can trust the opinion of a physician with qualifications such as these. Doctors in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. I think it would be great for all of us to have a fresh discussion on the topic. Doctor silkworth was the first in his field to look at alcoholism and drug addiction in a disease model that he called an allergy of the body, and an obsession of the mind. Following the forewords, there appears a section called the doctors opinion.
The only requirements are to show up, to study the big book and to practice the steps. Convincing testimony must surely come from medical men who have had experience with the sufferings of our members and have witnessed our return to health. Some people get over allergies, but we learn later in the big book, that alcoholics never get over alcoholism. The anonymous press study edition of alcoholics anonymous. How alcoholics anonymous lied to the american people. We, of alcoholics anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We demand that the chapter the doctors opinion of the. Minerva studioshutterstock those who enter recovery at a stepbased treatment center will often be handed a copy of alcoholics anonymous also known as the big book almost as soon as they are admitted and processed. In this part of the alcoholics anonymous big book study, joe and charlie discuss the chapter the doctors opinion. The big book of alcoholics anonymous and twelve step programs across the world have helped millions of people recover from addictions. Then ill suggest that you post a new thread in the big book study forum here and list some of the commonalities between your experience and. It also uses words that the meanings have changed, literally, and this changes the meanings of the underlying concept of the lessons the book is meant to deliver also, the big book is a text book, although written more like a novel. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism. Aa step one 20 questions test worksheet a 20question test that was used by many a.
The big book of alcoholics anonymous and 12step programs across the world have helped millions of people recover from addictions, in large part because of doctor silkworth. The doctors opinion study questions alcoholics anonymous. Includes the original foreword, the doctors opinion and dr. The doctors opinion, a playlist by the big book study from desktop or your mobile device. The big book step study bbss format, based upon an aa meeting format originated in hyannis, mass. Preface to the big book of alcoholics anonymous, 2nd edition. A wellknown doctor, chief physician at a nationally prominent hospital specializing in alcoholic and drug addiction, gave alcoholics anonymous this letter. The doctors opinion reprinted from pages xxv xxxii the book, alcoholics anonymous, 4th edition we of alcoholics anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical estimate of the plan of recovery described in this book. Eventually i decided that i should try working the steps, so i found a sponsor who suggested we read the big book and go through the steps together. To many recovered alcoholics, this section of the big book is considered to be the most important as it describes alcoholism in terms that make sense to the real alcoholic. During any such meeting to study the aa big book, you would expect to encounter a wide variety of viewpoints on the portions under consideration. In a friendly, focused group of sponsors, sponsees, and others in recovery, we study and practice the 12 steps as they were originally described in the text, alcoholics anonymous.847 811 565 755 112 1367 485 1000 729 270 1467 226 1297 6 118 61 1434 612 1488 1498 550 123 754 9 599 229 1158 765 419 450 261 48 1328 143 1128 1267 120 34 722 1402 1150