| I am responsible
. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of
A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
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latter will limit
activity solely to the guiding of alcoholics
to those facilities which according to diag-
nosis seem to be the most promising in the
individual case. Such guidance is being prac-
ticed at present at the Clinics in bringing
suitable cases into contact with the local
groups of Alcoholics Anonymous. It goes
without saying that one of our objectives is
to further interest and confidence in Alco-
holics Anonymous among those who have not
heard of it or who are inadequately informed.
The contacts of the Clinics with the courts,
with various departments of State govern-
ment and with civic agencies will contribute
greatly to bring about adequate understand-
ing of the nature of alcoholism, of the utiliza-
tion of the existing, and the development of
The Clinics in giving physical examinations
to all alcoholics who come for advice bring
to their attention physical ailments which all
too frequently are neglected. The treatment
of such ailments does not lie within the activi-
ties of the Clinics, but the Clinics facilitate
contacts with hospitals or private practition-
The Clinics have been in operation only two
months and thus a report on "results" is not
justified. It is, however, worth reporting that
out of 70 alcoholics who up to date have
availed themselves of the Clinics, 22 have
come without being "referred," but solely
from their own desire for help. The re-
mainder have been sent by their relatives, by
the courts, social agencies, hospitals, and
private practitioners. Local groups of Alco-
holics Anonymous have sent four men either
for diagnosis of nervous complications or for
physical examination. Numerous inquiries
have been recieved from court officers and
municipal administrators throughout the
country concerning the feasibility of estab-
clinics in other cities. The indications
are that there is a wide interest in the re-
habilitation of alcoholics and that only direc-
tion is needed to give it full display.
The problem of the alcoholic is to great to
be solved by any one person or even by any
one organization. The cooperation of all in-
dividuals and all organizations, based on
mutual respect and understanding of each
other's aims, is needed to bring success to the
efforts of all those who are interested in bring-
ing back the alcoholic into the life of the
New Haven, Connecticut
Howard W. Haggard
E. M. Jellinek
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