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From the April 2011 magazine.

Story Archive: Dinner with Doctors

Helping physicians help alcoholics

In July 1975, when Alcoholics Anonymous celebrated its fortieth birthday in Denver, Colorado, AAs came together to celebrate sobriety and carry the message of their recovery to others.

By then, AA had taken root and flourished; that summer in Denver, twenty-nine countries were represented. And, although it had been forty years since a little doctor, affectionately known to alcoholics as "Silky," released Bill W. from a New York hospital for alcoholics, doctors and alcoholics still had much work to do -- work that would result in sobriety for many who had hitherto believed themselves hopeless and morally flawed.

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