I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to simply depend upon himself.
Lone Man (Isna-la-wica)
But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished.
Big Book pg. 18
We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to the task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem.
Big Book pg. 19
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say: "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.”
Big Book pg. 29
Great Mystery show me how to ask for help.