The Early Akron A.A. Emphasis on Family Participation
The Early A.A. Family Program. Many don't know and/or have never heard of the way in which the early A.A. Christian Fellowship in Akron incorporated men, wives, kids, and relatives in the program. Only men belonged. But the families were much involved. To see the facts: www.dickb.com/annesm.shtml
Dr. Bob's wife, Anne Ripley Smith, formed the first women's group in 1936 shortly after Akron Number One was established on July 4, 1935. In other words, both the affected and the afflicted worked together to accomplish what Bill Wilson later called "A Vision for You." And DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers is replete with references to the wives and families that pulled together, fellowshipped together, prayed together, broke bread together, had Quiet Time together, and stressed Bible study and reliance on God.
Anne Smith - Anne Smith's Journal, 1933-1939, A.A.'s Principles of Success
Anne Smith - Anne Smith's Journal, 1933-1939 - Alcoholics Anonymous with Dick B., a cured alcoholic coming from aa meetings, alcoholics anonymous meetings, who talks about alcoholism treatment and signs of alcoholism. Also, the 12 Steps, aa 12 Steps, Dr. Bob, Bill W., Oxford Group, Christian Recover...