Last night, along with seven other friends, I went out to dinner to help a 65 year old man (a medical doctor) celebrate his nineteenth birthday. Sound bizarre? Not really. He’s 65 alright but he’also been sober for 19 years in Alcoholics Anonymous. Worthy of a celebration I should think. And I know a number of other people who have kicked the demon rum in AA.
It was Scott Peck who said that AA was the most significant spiritual development of the twentieth century. Considering the millions of people that movement has helped, I daresay he’s nor far wrong. The proven theory that alcoholism is an illness not susceptible to the iron fist of will power is one of the great insights AA contributed to the treatment of addictions.