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January 1948

7. Freedom from despair.

The New Way of Life is a life of freedom. The alcoholic seldom realizes what a slave he is. Temporary confinement in jails, hospitals and rest homes are the least important of the curtailments of his freedom. He is a slave not only to drink but to his defectives self as well. The New Way of Life gives back to the A.A. member his freedom if he follows it faithfully. Having lost his freedom, he can now properly appreciate it. What freedom does he gain or regain?

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