Mutual Aid Organization-for Alcoholics
There are many myths and urban legends about the treatment center that help start AA in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views.
During 1937-1940 periods, Ypsilanti State Hospital had a large intake of men with the disease of alcoholism. At that time we were still debating whether to put alcoholics into jail/prison or insane asylums.
In 1936 through the 1940s these alcoholics published their own newsletter, called, "Ypsi Slants." This publication would give information of what was going on in their little community. Dr Bob would get most of the alcoholic cases rather than Bill W. for two reasons, he was based at home without much traveling and he was a medical doctor. Dr. Bob had done his early studies at the University of Michigan, so he was familiar with the lay of the land; therefore he would sent Ypsilanti State Hospital some real tough cases he felt weren’t safe to be around his family because of physical outbursts.
In the June 22, 1940 Detroit News, it reports the great work of a Dr. O.R. Yoder working with alcoholics, that were working with each other. He would urge them to get involved with a new organization over in Detroit that was helping alcoholics, they were called Alcoholics Anonymous.
Archie T., with the urging of Sarah K. would do open talks at Ypsilanti State Hospital and would eventually bring Roy to “Detroit Meetings.”