Sobriety and Cooperation with Courts : If They Will But Try : They Take Up Their Beds And Walk Again

Sobriety and Cooperation with Courts : If They Will But Try : They Take Up Their Beds And Walk Again
“They know the court is offering them a helping hand . . . not a reformer’s lecture”

“I knew the man by name, and partly recognized his features, but there all resemblance ended. From a trembling, despairing, nervous wreck, had emerged a man brimming over with self-reliance and contentment. I talked with him for some time, but was not able to bring myself to feel that I had known him before. To me he was a stranger, and so he left me. A long time has passed with no return to alcohol.”

-The Doctors Opinion

“These classes are conducted by a member of this court who is a recovered alcoholic himself. Our average attendance is 125; our class lasts one hour; we serve doughnuts or sandwiches and milk after class. We do everything in the Honor Class that AA does in their meetings except pass the hat, and close with the Lord’s Prayer. We try to keep the meeting at “their level”; we do not talk, “down to them”; we get them to discuss openly their problem. We warn them of the consequences of the first drink. We try to make our meetings interesting. We send each of them a court letter each week that they love. It’s the only mail most of them get.”

-from Feb. 5, 1958 “LOOK” ABOUT “COURT CLASS”

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