Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.

Through cancer and COVID, this longtimer finds joy in service and accepting life exactly where it is I had no idea when I walked into AA 36 years ago that I’d be where I am today. I’ve been sober more than half my life, surrounded by so much love. God has graced me with moreContinue reading “Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.”

Out of This World! – Grapevine Article July 1992 by George M.

I had a surprising thought last night. As I listened to fellow AA members share, those initials AA took on a new meaning for me–Aliens Anonymous. I don’t know if every alcoholic feels like an alien, but I certainly have. Sometimes I still do. I’ve often said it was as if my second-grade teacher hadContinue reading “Out of This World! – Grapevine Article July 1992 by George M.”

Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous

An AA says we can’t transmit what we don’t have The first thing Tradition Five tells us is what a group is, or at least “ought to be.” We are not a sociological entity, although sociologists find us fascinating. We are not a therapy group, although remarkable healing takes place among us. And we areContinue reading “Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous”

Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.

It keeps our memories green and our hearts grateful FEAR, FOR THIS alcoholic, is a two-edged sword. It really cuts both ways. If you don’t believe me, read on. When I drank, in periodic binges, the panic inside me cut through the anesthesia of alcohol and tranquilizers. Sheer, free-floating terror demanded that I seek oblivion.Continue reading “Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.”

How an Atheist Works the Steps – Grapevine Article March 2003 by June L.

Even the ones with “God” in them My life was in shambles, and I was desperate, Following a third botched suicide attempt, I was threatened with commitment to a mental hospital. Or I could call AA. I chose AA. But I was skeptical that it was the answer because I thought I was just crazy.Continue reading “How an Atheist Works the Steps – Grapevine Article March 2003 by June L.”

Does AA Have Hidden Membership Rules? – Grapevine Article June 2004 by Anonymous

You don’t have to be a sheep to stay sober I’ve been a grateful and active member of AA for fourteen years and have always been an admirer and student of AA literature and history. Though I’d like to think so at times, I don’t have all the answers, but I do have lots ofContinue reading “Does AA Have Hidden Membership Rules? – Grapevine Article June 2004 by Anonymous”

Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.

Three little words, one big difference My loneliness was a ceaseless, tangible thing, which gnawed away at my guts like a particularly nasty form of cancer. The cause of all this loneliness was that something inside me, beyond my control, made me vicious and frequently violent. I drank heavily every day in an effort toContinue reading “Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.”

11 Men & A Prayer – Grapevine Article November 2017 by Ed L.

With a few canoes and horseshoes, and a little help from upstairs, a mountain fellowship begins It was in Quartz Hill, just west of Lancaster, California, where I first heard the expression, “Why pray when you can worry?”  Why, indeed? Three years ago, a handful of us stood around after the Wednesday night men’s stag meetingContinue reading “11 Men & A Prayer – Grapevine Article November 2017 by Ed L.”

Beyond The Generation Gap – Grapevine Article August 1985

We all use the tools of the program in much the same ways I LOOK AROUND THE room at my home group. About forty of us. A dozen or so have been regulars since this group’s first meeting ten years ago. Most of us have been sober for more than five years. A few countContinue reading “Beyond The Generation Gap – Grapevine Article August 1985”

To Thine Own Self Be True – Grapevine Article February 2003 by Steve C.

It’s the path to freedom Self-concern and fear dominated me most of my life. I was also afraid that people could detect my fear so I drank to escape it and to escape from myself. When I was sober for two and a half years, I realized that the quality of my life left meContinue reading “To Thine Own Self Be True – Grapevine Article February 2003 by Steve C.”