PROBABLY have one of the shortest stories in this whole
volume and it is short because there is one point I wish
to get over to an occasional man who may be in my position.
Partner in one of
this country's nationally known concerns, happily married
with fine children, sufficient income to indulge my whims
and future security from the financial standpoint should
paint a picture in which there would be no possibility
of a man becoming an alcoholic from the psychological
standpoint. I had nothing to escape from and I am known
as a conservative, sound business man.
I had missed going
to my office several times while I tapered off and brought
myself to sobriety. This time, though, I found I could
not taper off, I could not stop and I had to be hospitalized.
That was the greatest shock to my pride I ever had. Such
a blow that I made the firm resolve to never again taste
as much as one glass of beer. Careful thought and analysis
went into that decision.
The doctor at this
hospital told me vaguely of the work of men who called
themselves Alcoholics Anonymous and asked if I wanted
one of them to call upon me. I was sure I needed no outside
help, but in order to be polite to the doctor and hoping
he would forget it, I assented.
was embarrassed when a chap called at my house one evening
and told me about himself. He quickly sensed my slight
resentment and made it plain to me that none of the crowd
were missionaries, nor did they feel it their duty to
try to help anyone who did not want help. I think I closed
the talk by saying I was glad I was not an alcoholic and
sorry he had been bothered by me.
Within sixty days,
after leaving the hospital the second time, I was pounding
at his door, willing to do anything to conquer the vicious
thing that had conquered me.
The point I hope I
have made is-even a man with everything from the material
standpoint, a man with tremendous pride and the will power
to function in all ordinary circumstances can become an
alcoholic and find himself as hopeless and helpless as
the man who has a multitude of worries and troubles.
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