Alcoholics Anonymous

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, May 18 2013 at 2:20 PM, Updated: Sat, May 18 2013 at 2:30 PM

About 300 recovering alcoholics are in Klamath Falls this weekend for a statewide assembly of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 'original' 12-step program.

It's estimated that there are over 2 million people worldwide who are staying sober through Alcoholics Anonymous, one day at a time.

Several hundred anonymous alcoholics are meeting this weekend at the Running 'Y'.

Alcoholics Anonymous got its start in Akron, Ohio in 1935, and hasn't really changed that much over the past 78 years.  The basic principles still work on alcoholics working together to stay sober.

Writer Jack Alexander explained the concept in a 1941 story in the 'Saturday Evening Post'.

Alexander wrote:  'There is no specious excuse for drinking which the troubleshooters of Alcoholics Anonymous have not heard, or used themselves.  When one of their prospects hand them a rationalization for getting soused, they match it up with a half a dozen out of their own experience.

These and other bits of drinking lore usually manage to convince the alcoholic that he is talking to blood brothers. 
Over this connection, the troubleshooters convey, bit by bit, the details of a program for living which has worked for them, and which they feel can work for any other alcoholic.'

If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, you'll find a number for alcoholics anonymous in your phone book.  You can also go online:

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Klamath Falls:  (541) 883-4970

Medford:  (5410 773-4848

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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