“Cured” – Cured of Alcoholism – A Phrase Widely Used by Early AAs – A Phrase to Be Learned by AA Historians




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The Use of the Word “Cured” by Early AAs


By Dick B. and Ken B.

© 2013, 2014 by Anonymous. All rights reserved


The following resources published by A.A. World Services, Inc., contain reproductions of hundreds of newspaper articles from 1939-1944, many of which include uses of the word “cure” to describe the victories of A.A.’s pioneers over alcoholism:


(M-42) Archives Scrapbook 1939-1942 **

Offset reproduction of newspaper clippings about A.A. 18 ½” x 16 ½”   [$75.00]

** This item is not in the 2011-2012 catalog; it may now be out of print. [original publication date: 1985?]

http://library.brown.edu/find/Record/b2774148/Details; accessed 2/28/13]]


(M-66) Archives Scrapbook 1943

Offset reproduction of newspaper clippings about A.A. 18 ½” x 16 ½”   [$65.00]

[Publisher: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated, 1996;

ISBN: 0916856909; 9780916856908:

http://books.google.com/books/about/Archives_Scrapbook_1943.html?id=nIywuAAACAAJ; accessed 2/28/13.]


(M-69) Archives Scrapbook 1944

Offset reproduction of newspaper clippings about A.A. 18 ½” x 16 ½”   [$65.00]

[Publisher: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated, 2003;

ISBN: 1893007332; 9781893007338

http://books.google.com/books/about/Archives_Scrapbook_1944.html?id=lZuauAAACAAJ; accessed 2/28/13.]


[“M-66” and “M-69” are found in the “2013 Conference-Approved Literature & Other A.A. Material” literature catalog. http://aa.org/lang/en/en_pdfs/aacatalog.pdf; accessed 2/1/2014.

“M-42” was listed in one or more earlier A.A. literature catalogs and may now be out of print.]


The following article in the Box 459 publication discusses the “Archives Scrapbooks” above:


“News Clippings Open Window on A.A.’s Early Years,” Box 459News and Notes from the General Service Office of A.A., Vol. 49, No. 6 / HOLIDAY ISSUE 2003, 6-7

http://www.aa.org/en_pdfs/en_box459_holiday03.pdf; accessed 2/28/13.


 For more information on the use of the word “cured” by early AAs, see also:


Richard K., So You Think Drunks Can’t Be Cured? Press Releases by Witnesses to the Cure (Haverhill, MA: Golden Text Publishing Company, 2003)



Gloria Deo


About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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