From the October 1974 magazine.

A Family Affair

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WE HAVE surrounded alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous with a mystique which we must brush aside in order to know what they are all about. This statement is made out of respect for AA--what it is, what it has to offer, and what it can teach those of us who are nonalcoholics working in the field of alcoholism.

Under present conditions, AA reaches not more than five percent of the estimated 13,000,000 alcoholics in Canada and the U.S. Each year, there are more persons in AA and other recovery programs, but the number of active alcoholics not getting help is increasing far more rapidly. It is my contention that we will continue losing ground unless we change our focus and treat alcoholism as a family illness and a social disorder. We've got to stop making the alcoholic the target of our primary effort, both in treatment and in philosophy of treatment of alcoholism.

-- Joseph Kellermann

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