Excerpts with permission from Graham, Allan W. & Schultz, Terry K. (Editors) (American Society of Addiction Medicine): Principles of Addiction Medicine, 2nd Edition
The twelve step spiritual recovery program founded by Bill W. and Dr. Bob S. after they met in 1935 in Akron, Ohio. The movement took its name from that of the Big Book.
"A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking" (from the Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble).