History of Alcoholics Anonymous

History of Alcoholics Anonymous

(Presentation date May 20, 2014)

Recent research provides compelling evidence supporting the effectiveness of Twelve Step-based recovery programs as sources of healing and recovery support for people with alcohol and other drug addiction. The oldest, largest and best-known Twelve Step program is Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) An understanding of the roots of the A.A. program will assist addiction professionals to (a) help their clients become connected with A.A, and (b) integrate A.A. participation with professional care. “A History of Alcoholics Anonymous” presents a fascinating overview and slide show describing the history and development of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, including its founding and growth. The course includes a brief overview of the Twelve Steps of A.A. (Please note: Dawn Farm is not affiliated with any Twelve Step program.)


  1. Provide an overview of the history and development of the Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) program.
  2. Provide a brief overview of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe five or more seminal events in the time line of A.A.’s historical development.
  2. Describe two or more events in the time line of A.A.’s development that relates to A.A.’s growth as a nation-wide and later an international fellowship.
  3. Identify one basic principle underlying each of the Twelve Steps of A.A.

About the presenter:

James Balmer, President, Dawn Farm

jimJim Balmer is the President of Dawn Farm. Jim was involved with Dawn Farm as a community member when it began in 1973 and has worked for Dawn Farm since 1983. Jim has led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the organization it is today; with two residential treatment programs, a sub-acute detox, outpatient services, a detention-based adolescent program, street outreach, jail outreach and several transitional housing sites. Jim has trained addiction professionals around Michigan and the United States, as well as the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He co-authored an article that was featured in Addiction Professional magazine. Jim is in the process of writing a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s history, mission and values, which he extensively researched on a recent sabbatical.

Number of CE hours offered:

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC. A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

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