The Gate Lodge

Henrietta Seiberling’s involvement with the Oxford Group, a religious fellowship movement, confirmed her belief that ordinary people had the power to change their lives. On Mother’s Day 1935, through mutual friendships, she brought together Mr. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both admitted alcoholics. Their discussion in the Gate Lodge resulted in identifying the principles […]


The origins of Alcoholics Anonymous can be traced to the Oxford Group, a religious movement popular in the United States and Europe in the early 20th century. Members of the Oxford Group practiced a formula of self-improvement by performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, and carrying the message to others. In […]

Why Emotional Sobriety Matters

“You can conquer others with power, but it takes true strength to conquer yourself.” – Lao Tzu, Taoist philosopher There are two types of sobriety: Physical and emotional. I asked Dr. Jason Powers, the chief medical officer of Right Step – the alcohol and drug treatment center that I run – to help me write […]