The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News, Alcohol

Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is not only an amazing read for the newcomer, it is the source of the basic foundation for which the original Twelve Step program was founded on and of which existing members of Alcoholics Anonymous refer to.

Yes, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, first published on April 10, 1939, was a daily beacon of light during my first year of sobriety. The words written in that simple yet informative text provided me with solace during moments of fear, pain, loneliness and confusion.

To be honest, my first introduction to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous came during a chance encounter meeting with a stranger I met a Buddhist meditation retreat. I went to the retreat to stop consuming prescription pills and alcohol. Initially, I thought she was a bit odd. Nevertheless, we talked, had some things in common, and soon began a short-lived platonic friendship.

She gave me my first Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and took me to my first meeting. Before I attended my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous I read from the Big Book. I started with the pages in the back…..the narratives.

The narratives were old and much of them I could not relate to, as these individuals were born at the turn of the century.

However, I could not put the book down.

The stories….they fascinated me, page after page. I felt as if they were somehow telling my story despite the fact that the players and the variables were different.

The common denominator was alcohol. Narrative after narrative depicted how a bright, often young individual with many opportunities and so much to live for eventually found themselves immersed in the disease of alcoholism, often without even recognizing it had happened until it seemed too late.

I was not only baffled but inspired at how these hopeless-to-die alcoholics fully recovered by working the program [often referred to as a design for living] outlined in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Eventually, I joined the program and started reading How It Works under the direction of a sponsor that I selected. Since that day, I have not consumed prescription pills or had a drink of alcohol. That was more than three years ago.

During my first year of sobriety, I carried the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous everywhere I went, and I attended a Big Book study every morning.

What I learned about how to stay sober every day and live through uncertainty is priceless.

I urge any newcomer or existing member to get a copy of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, start reading it and experience a spiritual transformation in your life.


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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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