From the January 1959 magazine.

90-day Trial

The fourth of a series of "Beginners' Meetings"--to run from time to time--for newcomers to AA sobriety.

MUCH of what you will hear in AA is quite different from what most of us expected. Some of the suggestions given are directly opposed to your habits of the past. Even our AA language is strange; it may often seem to be contradictory yet some of our phrases, while unique, have a meaning useful to us which perhaps only we as alcoholics can understand and appreciate.

Already you have heard about "hitting bottom," surrender and compliance. You've been told perhaps "ya gotta hit bottom" and "ya gotta surrender in order to win." This "hitting bottom" and surrendering can and do happen at the same time, but perhaps it is worthwhile thinking about them separately.

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