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: www.aa.org
Klamath Falls: (541) 883-4970
Medford: (5410 773-4848