June 10, 2015 | Addiction & Recovery, Stories & Profiles

Our founder's comments on the 80th anniversary of AA

"Honesty with ourselves & others gets us sober, but it is tolerance that keeps us that way.”

-Bill W., Alcoholics Anonymous

On June 10, 1935, Dr. Bob S., an accomplished surgeon from Akron, OH, took his last drink. This was the first step in the founding of an organization that has changed millions of lives worldwide over the last 80 years.

I am one of those lives. I have struggled with the disease of alcoholism, and the disease will always be there. AA and its 12 Steps have certainly been a guiding force for me in leading a life in recovery – both in the initial process of getting sober and, every day since, in my desire to lead a life of integrity.  

Getting sober allowed me to see things from a different perspective. It gave me the fortitude and the follow-through to start a drug testing lab that is helping to improve and save the lives of others in treatment. Getting sober was my second chance, and Burlington Labs is a company that is built on second chances – both for the people we help every day, and for many of the employees in recovery who we’ve hired and mentored. Together, we make each other successful…one day at a time.  

Without Alcoholics Anonymous, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am a grateful person in recovery, and today, on the 80th anniversary of the movement, I would like to say “Thank you” to Bob S. and his co-founder, Bill W. 

-Michael Casarico
Co-Founder and CEO, Burlington Labs