Bill Wilson's Spiritual Experience May Have Been A Side Effect

The Year

1934

December

Bill Wilson's Spiritual Experience May Have Been A Side Effect

 Bill Wilson's spiritual experience may have been a side effect of his consumption of the drug Atropa belladonna along with the fluid extracts of xanthoxylum (prickly ash) and hyoscyamus (henbane). This is also known as the "Belladonna Cure".

Bill was also likely to be experiencing symptoms of alcoholic delirium tremens.
 This drug causes users to hallucinate. Bill W. described seeing a bright light, accompanied by a feeling of ecstasy during his spiritual awakening.

 With his new founded sobriety, Bill W. went on a mission to also help other alcoholics.
In the recording below, Bill W. talks about his spiritual experience:
 "Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life - the one that did not work - for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever." — Bill W., AA Co-Founder.
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