Daily Reflection – September 19th “Each Day A New Beginning”

…concern should drive us into action and not into depression.  —Karen Horney The role of victim is all too familiar to many of us. Life did us injustices – we thought. And we passively waited for circumstances to change. With the bottle we waited, or maybe the little white pills. Nothing was our fault. ThatContinue reading “Daily Reflection – September 19th “Each Day A New Beginning””

Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958

ALL OF US HAVE KNOWN at one time or another the thrilling rewards of watching some particular newcomer, for whom we have a special fondness, recover his or her life and spirit and vitality in AA. A friend I have known for some twenty-five years is now approaching his sixth month of sobriety. His transformationContinue reading “Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958”

Intellect and the Disease of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Bart H

Floundering after 15 dry years, he decided to stop thinking and start believing My grandfather was an alcoholic and my mom was extremely knowledgeable about the disease. More than anything, she wanted to protect me from the alcoholism. She used a very common sense approach of sharing information and conveying the importance of will power.Continue reading “Intellect and the Disease of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Bart H”

A Question of Faith – Grapevine Article By Anonymous September 1963

Reflections on AA’s appeal to all men, regardless of formal belief or creed ALTHOUGH I do not believe in a supernatural God, I have found it easy to stay sober in AA more than ten years. And in my view, AA is a spiritual, or religious, Fellowship. Sometimes those of us whom the orthodox religiousContinue reading “A Question of Faith – Grapevine Article By Anonymous September 1963”

Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002

I love to introduce myself at an AA meeting as a “satisfied customer of Alcoholics Anonymous.” It says so much about the joy and gratitude I have for our wonderful society. I am one of those second-generation AA members. My mom got sober in AA when I was eight years old. Nine years later, IContinue reading “Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002”

ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout

SINCE becoming a sideline observer of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, my approach to alcoholism has undergone an almost total reorientation. For the first time I saw what peace of mind means in the achievement of sobriety and I began to consider the emotional factors involved from a very different viewpoint. In AA meetings, the roleContinue reading “ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout”

Treating the Causes Of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Dr. Harry Tiebout November 1963

I liked the article “An AA Doctor’s Prescription,” which appeared in the July issue of the Grapevine. It nicely stressed the importance of stopping the symptom of drinking. The picture showing the roots and fruits of alcoholism is graphic and intelligible. The concept “The treatment of a symptom” is, I am sure, a sound one.Continue reading “Treating the Causes Of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Dr. Harry Tiebout November 1963”

Six Axioms of Alcoholic Thinking – Grapevine Article George T February 2012

A member gives us a rundown in plain English Dr. Silkworth wrote that the alcoholic becomes restless, irritable, and discontent when all he is doing is not drinking. The Big Book describes us as egocentric, egotistical, self seeking, and self-will run riot even though we don’t like to admit it. These observations were documented aroundContinue reading “Six Axioms of Alcoholic Thinking – Grapevine Article George T February 2012”

To Watch Loneliness Vanish – Meditation #90 As Bill Sees It

Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn’t quite belong. Either we were shy, and dared not draw near others, or we were noisy good fellows constantly craving attention and companionship, butContinue reading “To Watch Loneliness Vanish – Meditation #90 As Bill Sees It”