“I had gone steadily downhill, and on that day in 1934 I lay upstairs in the hospital, knowing for the first time that I was utterly hopeless.
“Lois was downstairs, and Dr. Silkworth was trying in his gentle way to tell her what was wrong with me and that I was hopeless. “But Bill has a tremendous amount of will power,” she said. “He has tried desperately to get well. We have tried everything. Doctor, why can’t he stop?”
“He explained that my drinking, once a habit, had become and obsession, a true insanity that condemned me to drink against my will.”


“In the late stages of our drinking, the will to resist has fled. Yet when we admit complete defeat and when we become entirely ready to try A.A. principles, our obsession leaves us and we enter a new dimension-freedom under God as we understand Him.”

1. A.A. Comes of Age, Pg. 52
2. Letter, 1966

Here is a talk from Bob B. on Powerlessness in Recovery.