Dr. Bob had his last drink on June 10, 1935, and so began the first step on a journey to healing 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.

And, today the 88th birthday, Dr. Bob and Bill W’s dedication to a healthier life for self and others got a shout out from, “This Day in History.”

In Akron, Ohio, Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith, two recovering alcoholics, found Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), a 12-step rehabilitation program that eventually helps countless people cope with alcoholism.

Based on psychological techniques that have long been used in suppressing certain personality traits, members of the strictly anonymous organization control their disease through guided group discussion and confession. The organization functions through local groups that have no formal rules besides anonymity, no officers and no dues. Anyone who wishes to stop drinking qualifies for membership. Today, there are more than 60,000 local groups in the United States, with an estimated membership of almost two million people. Other addiction support groups patterned on A.A. include Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.

Alcoholics Anonymous founded | HISTORY

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).