From the September 1950 magazine.

A Desire to Clarify

I AM speaking, of course, to all members of AA, but in particular to those of us who have passed the most difficult part of the Program: the first 12 to 15 months.

I am going to assume that others, like myself, have a great desire to clarify in their own minds why we went "overboard," "jumped the rails," or any other descriptive term that we may use to describe our departure from a sane, healthy and happy way of life--namely--sobriety.

A few of us, a very small minority in my opinion, can trace our downfall to family background or environment. However, the vast majority of us...

-- C.E.H.

Gadsden, Alabama