Squeezing Out the Sponge – Grapevine Article November 1962

“Slowly at first, then with sudden clarity, Dr. Bob began to understand. Bill had been able to control his drinking problem by the very means that Dr. Bob himself had been trying to use–but there was a difference. The spiritual approach was as useless as any other if you soaked it up like a spongeContinue reading “Squeezing Out the Sponge – Grapevine Article November 1962”

The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.

This was how low my disease brought me.  One night, I drank myself into a blackout and then I stabbed a cop. When I woke up, there was a woman police officer reading me my rights and I was handcuffed to a hospital bed. I explained that she had the wrong room, the wrong personContinue reading “The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.”

We Should Not Think Too Ill Of Ourselves – Twelve & Twelve Step 11 Page 105

“All of us, without exception, pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion of will. Occasionally we go even further than this. We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resumeContinue reading “We Should Not Think Too Ill Of Ourselves – Twelve & Twelve Step 11 Page 105”

The Good Old Times – Grapevine Article June 1985 by Anonymous

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I crawled back to AA after a slip lasting more than a year. Along with a deep thankfulness for being home again, I’ve occasionally experienced some irritation (perhaps a stab of false pride) on being told by another member, “I don’t have to drink again–you did it for me!” That slip broughtContinue reading “The Good Old Times – Grapevine Article June 1985 by Anonymous”

Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous

Whenever I hear sponsors mentioned in AA meetings, I think about the sponsors I’ve had since September 1974, when I first got to AA. I remember my first sponsor. Let’s call her Wilma, since that wasn’t her name. I asked her to be my sponsor after my first AA meeting. Wilma was the only oneContinue reading “Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous”

Falling Apart On The Inside – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Cliff P

In my tenth year of recovery , I found myself well – grounded in the program . I was active , my support system was strong , and my life was good . I had a growing career in local television as a studio engineer . Financially , I had more than I could askContinue reading “Falling Apart On The Inside – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Cliff P”

Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)

By Wayne S. Includes excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, miscellaneous excerpts from various sessions from the app Waking Up by Sam Harris, Tracy Cochran blogpost Giving is Receiving The Get Up, Get Out, Get Sober (GUGOGS) meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous devotes the meeting on the third Sunday of each month toContinue reading “Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)”

Freedom Through Acceptance – ‘As Bill Sees It’ #115

We admitted we couldn’t lick alcohol with our own remaining resources, and so we accepted the further fact that dependence upon a Higher Power (if only our A.A. group) could do this hitherto impossible job. The moment we were able to accept these facts fully, our release from the alcohol compulsion had begun. For mostContinue reading “Freedom Through Acceptance – ‘As Bill Sees It’ #115”

Come On! Be Happy – Grapevine Article September 1967 by E.B.R. author of ‘He Who Loses His Life’ BB Story

This is the second article in the Grapevine’s new series by authors of the personal histories in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. First published in 1939, a revised, enlarged Big Book was published in 1955. Now, twelve years later, the author of “He Who Loses His Life,” page 540 in the Revised Edition, looks backContinue reading “Come On! Be Happy – Grapevine Article September 1967 by E.B.R. author of ‘He Who Loses His Life’ BB Story”

In the Spirit – Not the Letter of Alcoholics Anonymous -Grapevine Article by Laurie A. January 2007

Love, not worship, for the Big Book My friends (and enemies) had diagnosed the problem–I could not drink without getting drunk. They weren’t telling me anything I didn’t know. And they offered no solution except, “Just don’t drink,” or, “Stop when you’ve had enough.” If I could have done that, I would have. I’d triedContinue reading “In the Spirit – Not the Letter of Alcoholics Anonymous -Grapevine Article by Laurie A. January 2007”