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.

-- Anonymous

Cleveland, Ohio

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