The Dick B. Papers – Stick with the Winners! – The Early Cleveland A.A. Groups Recorded a 93% Success Rate

Stick with the Winners! – Who Were They


The Cleveland A.A. Groups Were Winners With a 93% Documented Success Rate


by Dick B., Copyright  2014. All rights reserved.



In DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, Clarence H. Snyder, who was a sponsee of Dr. Bob’s and who got sober in February, 1938, was quoted in connection with the A.A. group he founded Cleveland A.A. in June, 1939.


The A.A. Conference-approved book quotes Clarence H. Snyder as follows:


“They take it so casually today. I think a little discipline is necessary. I think A.A. was more effective in those days.


Records in Cleveland show that 93% of those who came to us never had a drink again. When I discovered that people had slips in A.A., it really shook me up.


            Today, it’s all watered down so much. Anyone can wander in now.” Page 261.



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.
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