As promised, here’s a compiled list of each instance where the authors of the book Alcoholics Anonymous indicate body and mind devoid of any mention of spirit.
Page 6, paragraph 2: “The mind and body are marvelous mechanisms, for mine endured this agony for two more years.”
Page 6, paragraph 2: “Then came the night when the physical and mental torture was so hellish I feared I would burst through my window, sash and all.”
Page 7, paragraph 1: “Best of all, I had met a kind doctor who explained that though certainly selfish and foolish, I had been seriously ill, bodily and mentally.”
Page 20, paragraph 1: “Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of exper opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body.”
Page 22, paragraph 4: “We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop.”
Page 23, paragraph 1: “Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body.”
Page 30, paragraph 1: “No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows.”
Page 92, paragraph 2: “Talk about the conditions of body and mind which accompany [alcoholism]”
Page 106, paragraph 5: “The alarming physical and mental symptoms, the deepening pall of remorse, depression and inferiority that settled down on our loved ones — these things terrified and distracted us.”
Page 141, paragraph 3: “You can see that he is mentally and physically sick.”
Page 157, paragraph 5: “The man in the bed was told of the acute poisoning from which he suffered, how it deteriorates the body of an alcoholic and warps his mind.”
Interestingly enough, many of these passages also support the disease model of alcoholism and addiction as well as the use of the word “recovered”…. but those are ideas for future articles.
I hope this list finds you well, and I hope you found it interesting.
I’ve developed a printable checklist to help you stay mindful of your efforts.