This, then—whatever it was that occurred among them—was what they could accept as a power greater than themselves. In 1955, Wilson acknowledged AA's debt, saying "The Oxford Groupers had clearly shown us what to do.
And just as importantly, we learned from them what not to do." Among the Oxford Group practices that AA retained were informal gatherings, a "changed-life" developed through "stages", and working with others for no material gain, AA's analogs for these are meetings, "the steps", and sponsorship.
Some members founded the Group to help in maintaining sobriety.
"Grouper" Ebby Thacher was Wilson's former drinking buddy who approached Wilson saying that he had "got religion", was sober, and that Wilson could do the same if he set aside objections to religion and instead formed a personal idea of God, "another power" or "higher power".
In 2007, wrote an exposé on an AA group in Washington, D. Needless to say, this incidence of systematic 13th Stepping was borderline cult-like.Wilson's first success came during a business trip to Akron, Ohio, where he was introduced to Dr.Robert Smith, a surgeon and Oxford Group member who was unable to stay sober.Towns Hospital after drinking four beers on the way—the last alcohol he ever drank. William Duncan Silkworth (an early benefactor of AA), Wilson's detox included the deliriant belladonna.Following his hospital discharge Wilson joined the Oxford Group and recruited other alcoholics to the Group.For this reason, it is recommended that new members do not date during their first year of recovery and always find a group you are comfortable in.