From the June 2004 magazine. First printed in March 1971.

Bill W.'s Letter About Hippies in AA

Excerpted from "The Traditions in Action" by Bernard B. Smith - March 1971

In 1968, a well-meaning AA wrote to Bill, in deep concern, about an influx of youthful hippies or flower children to local AA groups, along with their distinctive manner of dress, sexual mores, and other unorthodox behavior, including the use of drugs. The writer feared that this particular invasion might be "a very real threat to our wonderful God-given Program."

Bill's reply was typical of his use of AA principles to meet new challenges.

-- Bill

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