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From Dr. Joseph Pursch:

 

“For those of you in twelve-step programs who may be reluctant to seek outside help, I quote from page 133 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: ‘God has abundantly supplied this world with fine psychologists, doctors, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your problems to such persons. Their services are often indispensable in treating a newcomer and in following his case afterward.’

 

As a psychiatrist, let me tell you -- it’s okay to get help.”

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Dr Joseph Pursch

Dr Joseph Pursch

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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

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Alcohol Drugs and the Brain

Alcohol Drugs and the Brain

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Excerpt from Class of 76 featuring Joseph A Pursch MD

Excerpt from Class of 76 featuring Joseph A Pursch MD

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Romance to Recovery by Dr. Joseph A. Pursch and FMS Productions (1979)

Romance to Recovery by Dr. Joseph A. Pursch and FMS Productions (1979)

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  A library of 12-step recovery talks. Among them, a few AA legends:

Chuck C.  "Charles Axiom Chamberlain" (1902-1984) continues to have a major impact and influence on the recovery community. His book, "A New Pair of Glasses", is available on Amazon.

 

Clancy I. of Venice, CA - Clancy headed L.A.’s Midnight Mission and was instrumental in the Pacific Group.


Sandy B. aka Richard J. “Sandy” Beach (1931 – Sept 28, 2014)  Sandy became an inspired speaker in AA meetings large and small. He spoke about the principles of AA with a special blend of humor and wisdom all over the world. 

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Dr. Pursch wrote a weekly column, Dry Doc, that was syndicated by the Los Angeles Times for over 13 years. Some of these have been re-edited and are available for download.