Bill W., “There is a solution”

We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to captain’s table. There exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful…” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed.)

Bill W., “Bill’s Story,” Big Book

There is, however a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. But just underneath there is deadly earnestness. Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish. Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now.

Bill W.

In AA we aim not only for sobriety—we try again to become citizens of the world that we rejected, and of the world that once rejected us. (As Bill Sees It)

Bill W., “A Vision For You,” Big Book

Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom, and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship and so will you.