|The Explicit "Musts"
Found In Alcoholics Anonymous 3rd. Edition
[ PLEASE NOTE: These are intended for
further study and should not be taken out of context; e.g. #45-51,78,79
THE DOCTOR'S OPINION
As part of his rehabilitation he commenced
to present his conceptions to other alcoholics, impressing on them that
they must do likewise with still others.
In this statement he confirms what we
who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe -- that the body of the
alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind.
The message which can interest and hold
these alcoholic people must have depth and weight.
In nearly all cases, their ideals must
be grounded in a power greater then themselves, if they are to re-create
I must stop, but I cannot!
You must help me!
Faced with this problem, if a doctor is
honest with himself, he must sometimes feel his own inadequacy.
Though the aggregate of recoveries resulting
from psychiatric effort is
considerable, we physicians must admit
we have made little impression upon the
problem as a whole.
CHAPTER 1 BILL'S
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's
voice as I sat,
on still Sundays, way over there on the
hillside; there was that proffered
temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's
good natured contempt
of some church folk and their doings;
his insistence that the spheres really
had their own music; but his denial of
the preacher's right to tell him how he
must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke
of these things just before he died;
these recollections welled up from the
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I must turn in all things to the Father
of Light who presides over us all.
CHAPTER 2 THERE
IS A SOLUTION
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"His will power must be weak."
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Our hope is that many alcoholic men and
women, desperately in need will see
these pages, and we believe that it is
only by fully disclosing ourselves and
our problems that they will be persuaded
to say, "Yes I am one of them too;
I must have this thing."
CHAPTER 3 MORE
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If we are planning to stop drinking, there
must be no reservation of any kind,
nor any lurking notion that someday we
will be immune to alcohol.
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His defense must come from a Higher Power.
CHAPTER 4 WE
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But after a while we had to face the fact
that we must find a spiritual basis of life -- or else.
CHAPTER 5 HOW
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Above everything, we alcoholics must be
rid of this selfishness.
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We must, or it kills us!
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We saw that these resentments must be
mastered, but how?
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Whatever our ideal turns out to be, we
must be willing to grow toward it.
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We must be willing to make amends where
we have done harm, provided that we do
not bring about still more harm in so
CHAPTER 6 INTO
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We must be entirely honest with somebody
if we expect to live long or happily
in this world.
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Those of us who belong to a religious
denomination which requires confession
must, and of course, will want to go to
the properly appointed authority whose duty is to receive it.
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The rule is we must be hard on ourself,
but always considerate of others.
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But we must not use this as a mere excuse
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We must lose our fear of creditors no
matter how far we have to go, for we are
liable to drink if we are afraid to face
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We must not shrink at anything.
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If we obtained permission, have consulted
with others, asked God to help and
the drastic step is indicated we must
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In fairness we must say that she may understand,
but what are we going to do
about a thing like that?
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Certainly he must keep sober, for there
will be no home if he doesn't.
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We must take the lead.
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We must remember that ten or twenty years
of drunkenness would make a skeptic
out of anyone.
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Every day is a day when we must carry
the vision of God's will into all of our
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These are the thoughts which must go with
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But we must go further and that means
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But we must be careful not to drift into
worry, remorse or morbid reflection,
for that would diminish our usefulness
WORKING WITH OTHERS
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To watch people recover, to see them help
others, to watch loneliness vanish,
to see a fellowship grow up about you,
to have a host of friends -- this is an
experience you must not miss.
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The family must decide these things.
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To be vital, faith must be accompanied
by self sacrifice and unselfish,
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After doing that, he must decide for himself
whether he wants to go on.
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If he is to find God, the desire must
come from within him.
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In many homes this is a difficult thing
to do, but it must be done if any
results are to be expected.
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But we must try to repair the damage immediately
lest we pay the penalty by a spree.
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If their old relationship is to be resumed
it must be on a better basis, since the former did not work.
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Both you and the new man must walk day
by day in the path of spiritual progress.
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People have said we must not go where
liquor is served; [continued]
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we must not have it in our homes; [continued]
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we must shun our friends who drink; [continued]
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we must avoid moving pictures which show
drinking scenes; [continued]
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we must not go into bars; [continued]
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our friends must hide their bottles if
we go to their houses;[continued]
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we mustn't think or be reminded about
alcohol at all.
CHAPTER 8 TO
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Our next thought is that you should never
tell him what he must do about his drinking.
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Wait until repeated stumbling convinces
him he must act, for the more you hurry him the longer his recovery will
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But sometimes you must start life anew.
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But you must be on guard not to embarrass
of harm your husband.
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You will no longer be self-conscious or
feel that you must apologize as though
your husband were a weak character.
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Often you must carry the burden of avoiding
them or keeping them under control.
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Yet you must expect too much.
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Your husband will see at once that he
must redouble his spiritual activities if he expects to survive.
CHAPTER 9 THE
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The family must realize that dad, though
marvelously improved, is still
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But he must see the danger of over-concentration
on financial success.
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We know there are difficult wives and
families, but the man who is getting over alcoholism must remember he did
much to make them so.
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That is where our fellow travelers are,
and that is where our work must be done.
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The others must be convinced of his new
status beyond the shadow of a doubt.
CHAPTER 10 TO EMPLOYERS
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State that you know about his drinking,
and that it must stop.
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Though you are providing him with the
best possible medical attention, he should understand that he must undergo
a change of heart.
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When a man is presented with this volume
it is best that no one tell him he must abide by its suggestions.
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The man must decide for himself.
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For he knows he must be honest if he would
live at all.
CHAPTER 11 A VISION
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"...I know I must get along without liquor,
but how can I?..."
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They will approach still other sick ones
and fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous may spring up in each city
and hamlet, havens for those who must find a way out.
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There must be many such in this town.
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Both saw that they must keep spiritually
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Though they knew they must help other
alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary.
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God will determine that, so you must remember
that your real reliance is always upon Him.
APPENDIX I.....THE A.A. TRADITION
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We alcoholics see that we must work together
and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone.
THE TWELVE TRADITIONS (LONG FORM)
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A.A. must continue to live or most of
us will surely die.
APPENDIX II....SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
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Yet it is true that our first printing
gave many readers the impression that these personality changes,
or religious experiences, must be in the nature of sudden and spectacular
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Though it was not our intention to create
such an impression, many alcoholics have nevertheless concluded that
in order to recover they must acquire an immediate and overwhelming
"God-consciousness" followed at once by a vast change in feeling and outlook.
APPENDIX III...THE MEDICAL VIEW ON
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"...I think our profession must take appreciative
cognizance of this great
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Any therapeutic or philosophic procedure
which can prove a recovery rate of 50% to 60% must merit our consideration."
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They know that they must never drink.