What is 449?
Understanding what 449 means requires someone to understand the founder behind the center. Simply put, the name of the recovery center is brought from a page number in a book. On this page lies a quote. This quote is one of the most widely used and applicable quotes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Especially during the early stages of recovery, this quote is used to help recovering people to learn to handle their expectations regarding family and other significant personal relationships. Additionally, this quote helped one of the founders, Rodney Robinson, to reengage with his own family during his embryonic recovery period. The page number was found in the third edition of the Big Book. Currently, the quote has been moved to page 417 in the latest edition of the book. However, because of its significance in changing the outcome of his recovery and his life, it will always be page 449 to Rodney Robinson.
In the video shown here you will see Rodney Robinson explained the origins of 449.
” And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. ”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, page 449