From the March 1994 magazine.

When Are We Ready?

Tradition Three - The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.

"It is part of the cure, to wish to be cured." So wrote Lucius Annocus Seneca more than 2000 years ago.

It is a common general attitude as a result of our experience that, unless the alcoholic has a genuine and determined desire to stop drinking, our chance of helping him is nil, or at the very least reduced to a minimum. In the absence of a consistent demonstrated desire we often say, "He is not ready," and that is quite sound on the basis of our experience.

Yet, it is my notion that none of our wisdom from experience should constitute dogma. There are exceptions to almost...

-- Anonymous

Cleveland, Ohio