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. 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. Likewise, our slogan, “you can’t keep it unless you give it away” is just as essential 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 in. Gradually, we connect with humanity and the world around us as we begin and stay on "The Happy Road of Destiny".
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).