Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.

“HELLO, Pal.”“Hello, Buddy!”“Have a drink?”“Got one!”“Come over on the next stool I’m lonesome. Hell of a world.” “You said it, brother, – hell of a world.”“You taking rye? Mine’s gin. God, I’m up against it now!” “How’s ‘at?”“Oh, same old hell-hell-hell. She’s going to leave me now!” “Your wife?”“Yeah. How am I going to live?Continue reading “Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.”

He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.

An ambitious playwright, his brains got so far ahead of his emotions that he collapsed into suicidal drinking. To learn to live, he nearly died. I REMEMBER the day when I decided to drink myself to death quietly, without bothering anyone, because I was tired of having been a dependable, trustworthy person for about thirty-nineContinue reading “He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.”

There Is A Solution – page 25 AA Big Book

There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been livingContinue reading “There Is A Solution – page 25 AA Big Book”

Willingness to Grow – Grapevine Article July 1985 by S.M.

Working the Steps “LACK OF POWER, that was our dilemma.” “Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.” When I wasContinue reading “Willingness to Grow – Grapevine Article July 1985 by S.M.”

Living Amends – Grapevine Article December 1955 by J.E.

ONE of the deeply disturbing things about the Twelve Steps, taken as a whole, is that they never let an alcoholic off the hook, though sometimes they may appear to temporarily. Take the so-called “house-cleaning” steps, for instance. You’ve been through the wretchedness of Steps Four through Seven, and then Step Eight comes along andContinue reading “Living Amends – Grapevine Article December 1955 by J.E.”

Unzipping the Steps – Grapevine Article September 2004 by Linda B.

Necessary protection during emotional free fall A man who had begun drinking again after a long period of sobriety spoke in a meeting about how he “had worked the Steps in reverse.” First he quit doing service (Step Twelve), then he let go of his spiritual life (Step Eleven), then he quit taking a dailyContinue reading “Unzipping the Steps – Grapevine Article September 2004 by Linda B.”