Is Alcoholic Anonymous a Cult?
Doctor Robert (Bob) Smith
William (Bill) Wilson
William Griffith (Bill) Wilson, the primary founder of Alcohol Anonymous, was born in East Dorset, Vermont. In 1917, he allegedly took his first drink as a second lieutenant in the Army. During the roaring ’20s, his drinking gradually worsened. He couldn’t keep a steady job and his drinking resulted in bar room brawls, blackouts, separations from his wife, panhandling and pawning household items. In 1933 and 1934, he was hospitalized several times for over indulgence. In 1934 he ran into an old friend, Ebby Thatcher, who was also a heavy drinker. Ebby informed him that he ceased drinking after becoming a member of the Oxford Group Movement where he found religion. Later that year, Wilson ceased drinking after allegedly having a “spiritual awakening.” In 1935, Bill met Dr. Smith, another adherent of destructive drinking, and they hooked up. In 1938, Bill had written the 12 steps allegedly under divine “guidance.” However, research findings show that the source of the AA program is based on Oxford Group principles—an evangelical Episcopal organization that sought to revitalize the mood of the ancient church.
Back in the days when nothing substantial was known about the alleged disease of addiction, there were good reasons to seek serenity by powerlessly accepting the things they could not change. But now we live in a world that would have seemed miraculous just 75 years ago. Change is not only possible, it is here. So should addicts remain powerless—or should they empower themselves to change their lives by seeking wellness (and serenity) in the new and successful treatment options supported by science and medicine?
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