From the November 1990 magazine. First printed in January 1970.

Growing Pains

From the August 1972 Grapevine

The Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous is now undergoing one of the greatest growing-pains tests in history. We are experiencing problems with our friends, both professional and nonprofessional, in the field of alcoholism. "Cooperation without affiliation" has not proved to be a simple task to perform.

It may be well to reflect on our program since its birth in 1935, and the evolution that has taken place. In reality, we are a very young movement. The years that have gone by since the beginning do not mean full maturity. For example, the Twelve Concepts for World Service were not accepted until 1962.

-- G. G.

Phoenix, Arizona

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