My Name is Bill W.

William G. Borchert

“My Name Is Bill W.” is a moving and inspiring made-for-TV movie that chronicles the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson. Set against the backdrop of the 1929 stock market collapse, Wilson’s life unravels due to his small drinking problem, which escalates into a serious addiction. Struggling with both career setbacks and domestic turmoil, he crosses paths with Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, who shares a similar struggle. Together, they form a support group that lays the foundation for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The film portrays Wilson’s journey from despair to hope, emphasizing the transformative power of community and recovery.

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