One of the events I find most interesting is the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson and Robert Smith of Akron, Ohio in 1935. In a post-prohibition America at this time, the treatments for those with alcohol dependency issues were much worse due to the lack of knowledge and those who could afford medical or psychiatric help were subjected to a treatment with barbiturate (a nervous system depressant) and belladonna (a poisonous plant) known as the “purge and puke.” When Smith and Wilson met, a conversation that was supposed to last only fifteen minutes ended up lasting over six hours and ultimately led to the beginnings of the concept of AA. To think how many programs use it’s outline now and how many people’s lives it has saved and have benefited from it’s twelve step program to help combat addiction. I think it has been a major impact on how we view and deal with chemical dependencies and mental health issues that has helped keep some of the greatest minds of our time around longer and gave us a deeper understanding as to what drives us to do what we do, think what we think and feel the ways that we feel.

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