From the April 2014 magazine.

Talking with Dr. Paul

Through friends in California, I obtained the telephone number of Dr. Paul O., hoping to interview him for our Intergroup’s newsletter. Dr. Paul is the author of the Big Book story “Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict,” [Now “Acceptance Was the Answer”] which contains that famous passage on acceptance on page 449 [Now 417]. A bit nervous, I dialed the number. Dr. Paul himself answered. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:

“I believe there are just two basic emotions: love and fear. All other emotions are just variations of those two. Stay out of fear and function in love. We’re...

-- Bonnie C.

Reading, Pennsylvania