“Few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have “hit bottom,” for practicing A.A.’s Steps means the adaption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. The average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn’t care for this prospect-unless he has to do these things in order to say alive himself.”


“We know that the newcomer has to “hit bottom”; otherwise, not much can happen. Because we are drunks who understand him, we can use at depth the nutcracker of the-obsession-plus-the-allergy as a tool of such power that it can shatter his ego. Only thus can be convinced that on his own unaided resources he has little or no chance.”

1. Twelve and Twelve, Pg. 24
2. A.A. Today, Pg. 8

Here is a talk from Clancy I. on the topic ‘my case is different.’