AA Speakers Joe McQ. and Charlie P. – Their Famous Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Study #13 of 34 by AA Speakers

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AA Speakers Joe McQ. and Charlie P. – Their Famous Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Study #13 of 34

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Joe M. and Charlie P. were long time recovering members of Alcoholics Anonymous. These tapes were recorded in 1998 at their workshop in Laughlin, Nevada when they agreed that their work should be freely made public.

Joe and Charlie – A Brief History

Joe McQ. and Charlie P. met in 1973 when Joe introduced Charlie as the AA speaker at an Al-Anon Convention. Joe had wondered if Charlie might be the country-western singer Charlie Pride. “He wasn’t even the right color,” Joe laments. They instantly discovered their mutual fascination with AA’s basic text “The Big Book”. What interested them most was that The Big Book was written in a particular sequence to convey certain ideas. That interest began a close friendship which has lasted to this day. They would frequently meet to discuss the book, often driving 225 miles to meet in each other’s homes.

Soon they were planning meetings in hotel rooms at AA conventions in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and within a few years, the meetings grew in popularity. In 1977, some members met in a Tulsa, OK hotel room for a discussion of the Big Book. One asked Joe and Charlie to come to his home group to present a program on the book. An AA taper made a four tape set of their presentation and called it “The Big Book Study”. The tapes were gradually circulated throughout the fellowship and invitations were received for Joe and Charlie to present the study at AA conventions, roundups and special events. By 1980, there had been about eight studies offered.

A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles (accepted by members as ‘spiritual principles,’ based on the approved literature) outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, the Twelve Steps were first published in the book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism in 1939. The method was then adapted and became the foundation of other twelve-step programs. Twelve-step methods have been adopted to address a wide range of substance-abuse and dependency problems."

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