From the June 1970 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

What's WATS?

In a paper by Ronald J. Catanzaro, MD, and Willie Gray G., a telephone therapist, WATS is suggested as a useful means of helping alcoholics to maintain sobriety after release from hospitals or clinics. "The WATS line (Wide Area Telephone Service) is a system of long-distance communication readily available to any treatment center. Via this line, one can call long-distance to anywhere within a given geographical boundary 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a flat yearly fee."

After acknowledging AA's prior successful experience with telephone conversations, the paper continues, "But the concept of telephone calls at regular appointed times to a trained alcoholism therapist has not been practiced by AA due to the very nature of the organization: i.e., members of AA do not claim to be therapists, but rather are persons simply interested in keeping their own sobriety and helping others to do likewise."

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