Dr. Bob had his last drink on June 10, 1935, and so began the first step on a journey to healing, and a healthier way of life for millions who suffer from addictions. 

Who was Dr. Bob?

If you are a friend of Bill W., then you know Dr. Bob.

Dr. Bob Smith, along with Bill W., co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous.

June 4 is also an important date for those who practice any 12-step program. As a Pennsylvanian who lived five miles from Pennsburg, I am proud to say June 4th was the birthday of Pennsburg, PA native Dr. Frank Buckman, a Lutheran minister associated with the Oxford Group. 

What is the Oxford Group?

The origins of Alcoholics Anonymous can be traced to the Oxford Group . . . Members of the Oxford Group practiced a formula of self-improvement by performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, and carrying the message to others.

Hence, Pennsylvania’s contribution to the 12 Steps.

So—join the company of good men and women, keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths. It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last here (Proverbs 2:20-21 MSG).