Robert Smith and William B. Wilson

United in their search for sobriety, Dr. Bob and Bill W. established Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 allowing men and women to share with one another their experience, strength and hope in order to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics seeking help. Their belief and experience would provide the basis for AA and, most importantly, the concept of the Twelve Step program. This program, also embraced by other groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous, represents hope for all those who have a desire to address their addiction. Read more on Robert Smith and William B. Wilson.
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Social issues Robert Smith and William B. Wilson addressed:
•    Alcohol abuse
•    Well-being
•    Support groups

Social issues that need to be addressed today:
•    Substance Abuse - In 2008, two million Americans age 12 and older had abused inhalants.*
•    Healthcare – Approximately 15.3 percent of adults and 11 percent of children in the U.S. are not covered by health insurance.**
•    Community Belonging – People who report a strong sense of community are more likely to report good physical and mental health.***

* National Survey on Drug Use and Health
** U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports