"Our Primary Purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety."
On Page 164 of Alcoholics Anonymous ("The Big Book"), it states that as you move forward in our 12 Step program of recovery, “You Will Trudge the Road of Happy Destiny". This may seem like a contradiction. It is not! How do we reconcile “trudge” with “happy destiny”? What our co-founder, Bill W, is clear about is this: We have to do the necessary work to be liberated from the ravages of alcoholism. “We must clear away the wreckage of the past” or else we will never find our level footing or move in a new direction. Our meetings, literature and fellowship give us insight and light for this journey. We discover that the vitality in our slogan “you can’t keep it unless you give it away", points toward broader pathways for our new lives in recovery. Helping other Alcoholics is just as important as helping ourselves. Here, our trudging finds new meaning because our lives will expand and move away from the isolation we find ourselves within. Gradually, we connect with humanity and the world around us as we begin and stay on "The Happy Road of Destiny".
We are a small group of English-speaking members of AA from different places in the world living in Bucharest, Romania. We work together to establish the Principles and Traditions of AA in our lives and in our groups. We welcome newcomers and visitors from the global AA community to attend our 2 weekly meetings. We believe that recovery is a One-Day-At-A-Time experience. Our experiences have confirmed to generations of AA members that “rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path"
Video: Bill W and his First Step:
Our Co-Founder Bill W. tells about his final days drinking and the discovery of Hope. His wife, Lois, Founder of Al-Anon is with him. Filmed at their home, Stepping Stones, in Katonah, New York. (1950).
"No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we can see how our experience can benefit others."