Back to the Basics of the Big Book
A Simple Introduction to the Solution

Open to "everyone interested in a spiritual way of life.

About the Author

Archivist, Historian and Author

Wally Patton

Wally P. is the author of Back to Basics: The Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners' Meetings, How to Listen to God: Overcoming Addiction Through Practice of Two-way Prayer, and Back to Basics-101: An Introduction to the Twelve Steps of Recovery.

Wally is the originator of the Back to Basics Beginners' Meetings, which have grown to more than 6,000 groups, and produced more than 500,000 recoveries since its re-introduction into the Twelve-Step community in 1997.  This "original" 12-Step A.A. meeting format was a phenomenal success during the 1940's and 1950's, but had become an all but lost piece of history until Wally rediscovered it.

Wally started his 12-Step spiritual journey on October 30, 1988.  The following year, his sponsor told him, "If you don't know where we came from, you'll never know what a miracle this program truly is."  Wally took this challenge to heart and set out to learn all he could about the early days of the Twelve Step Movement.

Wally receives no income from the sale of any literature he has authored.  He considers this to be part of his Twelfth Step work for which he cannot be paid.