Alcoholics Anonymous Textbooks
There are two main textbooks that are at the basis of Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism also known as The Big Book and TheAnd Twelve Traditions.
The Big Book, named this way because of the huge size of it when it was first published. It was published for the first time in 1939. Now at its fourth edition, Alcoholics Anonymous is a book containing 164 pages. This is a very important book for the fellowship as this was what really brought about the snowball effect that was seen in the 1940s. It was written by Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Big Book is an overview of Alcoholics Anonymous and outlines the basis of the philosophy. I t gives a general view of the co-founder, Bill Wilson. It speaks about alcoholism and also goes over the solutions to alcoholism. It explains how AA works and gives different information on the fellowship and the twelve steps in general.
It also provides advice for families and employers who are struggling with alcoholics and do not know what to do. This book was the pillar for Alcoholics Anonymous and really provided an answer for many people. This is probably why the number of Alcohol Anonymous groups grew tenfold after the publishing of this book. Many people found what they were looking in reading this book.
The other textbook that is basic for Alcoholics Anonymous is The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions book. It was first published in 1952 and now really went into the details of Alcoholics Anonymous. This book really goes over the main philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous known as the twelve steps. It really describes very precisely each step that a person has to follow in order to achieve sobriety within the fellowship.
The twelve traditions discuss the more general rules and principles that guide Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole and explain how AA groups should function. These are the basis of Alcoholics Anonymous as a fellowship, it can ensure that Alcoholics Anonymous continues to function the way it always has.