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.”

Your Move – Grapevine Article July 2000 by Willa R.

False ideals Readers tell us about their favorite passages in AA literature. By the age of twenty-six I had all the ingredients of success as defined by our society: money, recognition, and the ability to buy all the trappings; yet I wasn’t happy and neither were the people I met who had the same advantages.Continue reading “Your Move – Grapevine Article July 2000 by Willa R.”

From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S

She couldn’t believe that she was actually an alcoholic until the night after her first meeting Although I didn’t start drinking until I was in college, my alcoholic mind was developing from the moment I was born. That I had an alcoholic mind in my teenage years was evident from the poetry I was writingContinue reading “From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S”

Crayons, Cookies & Kisses – Grapevine Article November 2019 by D.B.

With Steps, coffee and baskets of toys, some California mothers stay sober together Having been around these rooms for some time, I have formed and rejected many opinions regarding special-interest groups in the hallowed halls of Alcoholics Anonymous. I would like to share an experience that began as a special-interest group, but has grown intoContinue reading “Crayons, Cookies & Kisses – Grapevine Article November 2019 by D.B.”

The New Me – Grapevine Article April 1964 by G.H

Here’s one way to meet an “unforgettable character. I, TOO, can boast of having met an unforgettable character. Me! I know this person only slightly. Our awareness of each other began only three years ago when I was reborn, through the AA program, into a brand new way of life. At first my attention wasContinue reading “The New Me – Grapevine Article April 1964 by G.H”

Anonymity Preserved – Grapevine Article November 1968 by Jim M.

Some time ago, the Canyon Club in Laguna Beach, Calif., which housed most of the meetings in that city, was destroyed by fire. The groups were temporarily without a meeting place. One AA family stepped into the breach by starting a meeting in its home, a three-level structure on the side of a hill, withContinue reading “Anonymity Preserved – Grapevine Article November 1968 by Jim M.”

A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.

Though not the fancy getaway he was used to, the journey this year was to himself My drinking had gone from being a way to escape life’s pressures to a long, slow descent into hell. But the end came quickly, a few weeks after one fateful Christmas. If you saw my life a couple ofContinue reading “A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.”

Feeling Blue – Grapevine Article December 2015 by Stu K.

December can be tough for some alcoholics. One member hopes his fellows understand Another run through the holiday gauntlet: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s Day and many others I am ignorant of or have simply forgotten. Heck, even Halloween is a marketing bombardment that spurs drinking to excess. During these times, depression seems to beContinue reading “Feeling Blue – Grapevine Article December 2015 by Stu K.”

In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.

A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”

Confessions Of a Reluctant Newcomer – Grapevine Article March 2003 by W.B.

He didn’t know that AA was not a spectator sport Newcomers, God love ’em, can’t be beaten with a stick. They stand up at speakers’ meetings and talk for six minutes or for fifty-six; they’re live-wires or numb as rocks; egomaniacs (like me) or doormats. They’re the lifeblood of the program; the pigeons who carryContinue reading “Confessions Of a Reluctant Newcomer – Grapevine Article March 2003 by W.B.”