An Open Heart and an Open Mind – Grapevine Article

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and an Open Mind – Grapevine Article”

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”

On Personality Change – Grapevine Article March 1960 by Anonymous

WHAT is this ‘personality change’ we talk about in AA?” the leader asked by way of introduction. “We keep on referring to it but no one seems to explain it. Let’s break it down. Joe, do you have some thoughts on this subject?” “Well, I’ve thought about it a lot over the years. It isn’tContinue reading “On Personality Change – Grapevine Article March 1960 by Anonymous”

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.”

Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43

“I went to my hotel and leisurely dressed for dinner. As I crossed the threshold of the dining room, the thought came to mind that it would be nice to have a couple of cocktails with dinner. That was all. Nothing more. I ordered a cocktail and my meal. Then I ordered another cocktail. AfterContinue reading “Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43”

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.”

To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188

In our belief, any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes wholly to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to doContinue reading “To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188”

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.”

The Quest for Spirituality – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Earle M.

A good number of years ago, I found myself bewildered and uncertain about the meaning of spirituality and how one achieves it. After a rather frantic search, I fell upon an idea that presented a solution. I realized that by combining Step Twelve, Tradition Twelve, and the last sentence of the book Twelve Steps and TwelveContinue reading “The Quest for Spirituality – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Earle M.”

Down To Earth – As Bill Sees It #178

Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like usContinue reading “Down To Earth – As Bill Sees It #178”