Wilson reported that he wrote the first draft of the steps in 30 minutes. He said it was like the words simply flowed through his hand to his pen as he sat at his kitchen table late one evening. Once Wilson completed the first draft, the Steps were circulated to AA members of the day and a final version was “negotiated”. They remain exactly the same today as they were printed in the original Big Book in 1939. Many find the language of the steps and Big Book outdated. AA has allowed over 100 organizations to use the steps at AA meetings today.
Prior to Bill Wilson’s last trip to hospital in 1934 for alcoholism, his childhood friend Ebby Thatcher, called on him at home. He told Bill how he had awakened spiritually and the craving for alcohol had left him. Ebby had gotten this message from Roland Hazzard, an early member of the Oxford Groups, who had a spiritual experience/awakening on a ship returning home from Switzerland. He had been in counselling with Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist. Dr. Jung told Roland that alcoholics of his variety did not recover. His only hope was to be physically kept from alcohol. Roland asked if there were ever exceptions to this and Jung told him he knew of one or two cases where the person had a major spiritual experience.