From the Archives - This article first appeared in the January 1959 Grapevine as one in a series of articles aimed at newcomers to AA.
Much of what we hear in AA is quite different from what most of us expected. Some of the suggestions given are directly opposed to our habits of the past. Even our AA language is strange; it may often seem to be contradictory, yet some of our phrases, while unique, have a meaning useful to us which perhaps only alcoholics can understand and appreciate.
Already you have heard about "hitting bottom," surrender and compliance. You've been told perhaps, "Ya gotta hit bottom" and "Ya gotta surrender in order to win." This "hitting bottom" and surrendering can and do happen at the same...