“There wasn’t any use of taking another drink; even that didn’t help. Then across my mind came the picture of my drinking friend whom I had met three years before- clear-eyed and sober. Then and there I decided to try AA. I put the bottle away.
“Next morning, I made my first contact with A.A. I was asked some questions, one of which was, “Do you turn to lower companionship in inferior environment while drinking?” Ashamed, I felt as if they had been reading my mail. This, and other questions, convinced me that here were people who understood my problem.
“One thing my A.A. friend said to me that morning was, “Today could be the most important day in your life.” It was and still is, for nothing but good as come to me through A.A.
“After admitting and accepting the fact that I was powerless over alcohol, my first great feeling of relief was that I was no longer alone. I was in a fellowship of people who had the same problem that I had; indeed, most of them had been very much worse off than I.
“Having enjoyed good companionship for many years, my loneliness near the end of my drinking had become a real hell to me, but this new fellowship of understanding people gave me a new life and a new strength. I now realize that an alcoholic cannot get along alone, any more than anyone else can. I, like all men, was a social being who desperately needed fellowship and acceptance. These I found in A.A., where hands were reached out to me. I was not condemned. On the contrary, I was greatly encouraged by these people who spoke my language, and what was so important, offered hope.”
-Experience, Strength, and Hope, Pg 163-164