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Author unknown, "Lifesaving Words"
unknown, Lucknow, India.
(p. 342 in 3rd edition.)
Stopped in Time
officer in the Indian Army, going on the wagon
was not enough, attempts at control failed.
The answer came to him by mail."
This man is
believed to have stopped drinking in January
high school in an American-sponsored Methodist
public school, known as Philander Smith College,
and eventually became a schoolmaster. He left
that to join the Indian Army and was soon a
commissioned officer. It was after he joined
the Army that his alcoholism made itself known.
before writing his story, he and his wife spent
a vacation in sixty-day leave in Naini Tal,
the mountain resort. That was his first long
vacation since joining the army. It was during
this vacation that he decided to stop drinking,
and he succeeded in this attempt for approximately
fifteen months with only a couple of slips.
But being an alcoholic, he always looked forward
to the day when he could drink again.
time the next year he convinced his wife that
he had alcohol under control and could do controlled
drinking over Christmas and the New Year. In
a short time it became uncontrolled drinking.
For the next three years he tried often again
to stop, but failed miserably.
Then he saw
an A.A. advertisement in a newspaper and wrote
to the address it gave. The reply came putting
him in touch by mail with an A.A. member in
New Delhi. This man sent him literature which
he read systematically since then, and A.A.
literature kept him sober.
The year before
writing his story he took another vacation in
Naini Tal. He made this one an A.A. vacation.
He read, studied, and meditated on every bit
of A.A. literature in his possession, studied
the Big Book again, and took down notes for
between the two vacations was this: On the first,
though on the water wagon, I looked forward
to my next drink. I went on the wagon more to
placate my wife than anything else. On the second,
I knew -- as I know now -- that if I remained
away from the first drink, then I had not to
worry about the hundredth one. And I knew this:
Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. I owe
everything to A.A."