“After failure on my part to dry up any drunks, Dr. Silkworth remind me of Professor William Jame’s observation that truly transforming spiritual experiences are nearly always founded upon calamity and collapse. “Stop preaching at them,” Dr. Silkworth said, “and give them the hard medical facts first. This may soften them up at depth so that they will be willing to do anything to get well. Then they may accept those spiritual ideas of yours, and even a Higher Power.””

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“We beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas, but the result was nil- until we let go absolutely.”

1. AA comes of age, Pg. 13
2. Alcoholics Anonymous, Pg. 58

Here is a talk by Sandy B. explaining his experience with letting go.