Early A.A. step-work guidance
The following is a simple and direct historical recovery document from early 1943 Cleveland Alcoholics Anonymous Central Bulletin, giving instruction on the proper approach when carrying the sobriety message to a sick man or woman receiving treatment for alcohol addiction in hospital.
Hospital Decorum – May 1943, AA Cleveland Central Bulletin
It is necessary, every once in a while, to caution members in their visits to hospitals not to overcrowd the room. Remember the patient is a sick man and over-crowding certainly does not help him. Here are some don’ts that experienced AA’s are in agreement on:
Don’t stay too long.
Don’t waste your visit by elaborating on baseball games, etc.
Don’t forget to prepare your story so you can really help the patient “get” AA.
Don’t be impatient.
Don’t be long winded.