“People suggested that I find a Higher Power. I was not fooled. I knew when they said Higher Power they meant God. And I knew that God waited for me to step out of line just once so that he could take his revenge. I wanted no part of God.
“With this resistance I plodded along for a few months. Whenever people asked me how I was going, I would say, ‘Fine, just fine,’ no matter how hard I was crying inside. …
“When I had finished talking, he told me something simple: ‘You don’t have to drink over it.’ What an idea! I had thought that situations made me drink. If I was angry, I drank. If I was happy, I drank. Bored or excited, elated or depressed, I drank. Here was a man telling me that, independent of my life situation, I did not have to drink. If I stuck with A.A., I could stay sober under any and all conditions. He gave me hope, and in many ways, he symbolized the door through which I finally walked into Alcoholics Anonymous.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed, pg. 427-29