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By overcoming his own addiction, then teaching others how to do so as well, this man helped not only to save himself, but also renew the lives of millions of others. In addition, he changed social perceptions on the both the roots and treatment of addiction.
In the 1930s United States, alcoholism was not viewed as a disease, but a moral failing. People who drank heavily were seen as weaklings and troublemakers. Serious alcoholics were labeled insane and admitted into asylums where they were often subjected to electric shock treatments and lobotomies that rendered them catatonic.