Bill Wilson Receives Care from Dr. William Duncan Silkworth

Bill Wilson Receives Care from Dr. William Duncan Silkworth

 Whilst at Towns Hospital, Bill W. received care from Dr. William D. Silkworth. Silkworth believed that alcoholism was not a moral failing, but a mental obsession combined with an allergy.

 Silkworth said this allergy made compulsive drinking inevitable. This meant that sobriety was the only option for those who experienced alcoholism.
William D. Silkworth
 "We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker. These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve." — Dr. William D. Silkworth, Doctor at Towns Hospital.

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