From the September 1955 magazine.

You Don't Have to Slip

THE newcomer has not been in the group very long but he has heard a good deal about slips and has begun to worry about himself. Someone should inform him emphatically and authoritatively, "You don't have to slip!"

There are a few other members, not newcomers but men and women who have been around six months to two years who periodically--every few months or every few weeks--go off on a little binge. Nothing serious, understand, but they evidently are not getting the program, and certainly are not getting all the benefits of continuous sobriety. These lapsing members are worried and perhaps a little ashamed. Someone should take them aside and shout politely, "You don't have to slip!"

-- Anonymous

Scarsdale, New York

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