Bill emphasized that alcoholism was a malady of mind, emotions, and body. Bill learned this important fact from Dr. William D. Silkworth of Towns Hospital in New York. Bill had often been a patient of Dr. Silkworth. Though a physician, Dr. Bob had not known alcoholism to be a disease. Responding to Bill’s convincing ideas, Dr. Bob soon got sober, never to drink again. This sparked the founding of A.A.
Both men immediately set to work with alcoholics at Akron’s City Hospital. One patient quickly achieved complete sobriety. These three men made up the nucleus of the first A.A. group.
Visits to hospitals and treatment centers by AA has diminished over the years and COVID and the change in attitude of medical providers has worsened this effort. The CDO is looking to rebuild our relationship with institutions and we would be interested on our memberships’ experience with hospital and treatment centers.
Did the hospital or treatment center you were in offer A.A. as a resource? Let us hear you story by submitting it on online or by mail at Cleveland District Office, 1557 St. Clair NE, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.