Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer

The Saint Francis Assisi Prayer, often used as an 11th Step Prayer in Alcoholics Anonymous, is an immensely popular and empowering prayer used in recovery. Anyone moving through recovery will eventually encounter the prayer and will get to work through its significance and impact on their spirituality, life, and outlook. If you’re just starting your recoveryContinue reading “Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer”

That Day On The Bridge – Grapevine Article September 1962 by M.D.B

My thoughts were on a collision course with the oncoming train (yet all my troubles were within myself) IN May or June of 1948, I stood on the side of a viaduct in western Oregon and played host to a legion of morbid thoughts. A fast freight train rushed towards the tracks directly below. SinceContinue reading “That Day On The Bridge – Grapevine Article September 1962 by M.D.B”

It’s Not The Shoelace – Grapevine Article May 2010 by Jim H.

An AA sees that time in the program doesn’t make him immune to negative emotions Recently, my home group conducted a workshop exploring emotional sobriety. We broke it up into different aspects such as “What is emotional sobriety?” “How does it differ from physical sobriety?”, etc. My assignment was to explore: “Why we need emotionalContinue reading “It’s Not The Shoelace – Grapevine Article May 2010 by Jim H.”

Making Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1997 by Ron D.

“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” So reads Step Six. After the guilt and remorse of my last drunk had faded, I didn’t think this Step had any application in my life. Now that I was no longer drinking I wasn’t a bad person. Character defects? I couldn’t seeContinue reading “Making Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1997 by Ron D.”

Knowing It’s Not Personal – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger

Stop for a moment and think about all the things that upset you during the day. A friend says you’re not being attentive enough. Your partner seems to be ignoring you. The auto repair service implies you’re stupid for not knowing it was time to change the oil. A driver swerves in front of youContinue reading “Knowing It’s Not Personal – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger”

Coping With Anger – As Bill Sees It #179

Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics. A burst of temper could spoil a day, and a well-nursed grudge could make us miserably ineffective. Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified. Anger, that occasional luxury of moreContinue reading “Coping With Anger – As Bill Sees It #179”

Anger – Personal and Group Enemy – As Bill Sees It #98

As the book ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ puts it, ‘Resentment is the Number One offender.’ It is a primary cause of relapses into drinking. How well we of A.A. know that for us ‘To drink is eventually to go mad or die.’ “Much the same penalty overhangs every A.A. group. Given enough anger, both unity and purposeContinue reading “Anger – Personal and Group Enemy – As Bill Sees It #98”

Turning Down The Volume – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Kiko M.

Not everybody is going to like me or like what I have to offer. What matters is that I like myself enough to continue to take my inventory and be of maximum service. Recently I had the opportunity to DJ at an AA conference. To prepare, I put in months of work, attempting to absolutelyContinue reading “Turning Down The Volume – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Kiko M.”

Another One Bites the Dust – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Clark W.

Another journey through Step Four helped him let go of old resentments—and the first one began with Mom Resentment is a bitch. But it can also turn out to be a gift in disguise. That’s what has happened to me a couple of times, in powerful ways, and I’m just now beginning to understand andContinue reading “Another One Bites the Dust – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Clark W.”

The Timeless Marriage Of Self Will And Conflict – 12 & 12 Step 3 Pg. 37

Should his own image in the mirror be too awful to contemplate (and it usually is), he might first take a look at the results normal people are getting from self-sufficiency. Everywhere he sees people filled with anger and fear, society breaking up into warring fragments. Each fragment says to the others, “We are rightContinue reading “The Timeless Marriage Of Self Will And Conflict – 12 & 12 Step 3 Pg. 37”