Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R

How one member found she doesn’t need a man on her arm or a drink in her hand to define her When I arrived in the rooms of AA, I often heard members say that they were “unemployable.” For my part, I still had a job (holding onto it mostly by blackmail), so I beganContinue reading “Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R”

You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.

On sponsorship and the newcomer DEAR JOHN: I could almost begin this letter “Dear Newcomer.” The only problem with that is, I want you to know how close I feel to you at this moment in our lives. Watching new people grow renews my sobriety, I hope I never lose interest in the personal joyContinue reading “You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.”

The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.

Dimly lit rooming houses, emergency rooms, even rooftops— he keeps reaching out. And once in a good while they reach back The man was sweating, shaking, almost incoherent in his pain. “We know how you feel,” my AA friend told him. “We’ve been there.” I was so nervous I didn’t know what to say. ThisContinue reading “The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom 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.”

My Old Pal, Pride – Grapevine Article January 1978 by Anonymous

AROUND THE TABLES, passing years and the sweet rewards of not taking the first drink have aided my development of a new habit, namely, patience. I can listen to an AA telling the same story for the hundredth time and still say, “Don’t worry. Call any time you need help,” At a business meeting ofContinue reading “My Old Pal, Pride – Grapevine Article January 1978 by Anonymous”

No Words Needed – Grapevine Article February 2022 by Larry K.

I’m told that my grandfather was an alcoholic. The disease appears to have skipped a generation, as my father, an only child, did not drink. But alcoholism found me. Today, having just passed 20 years of sobriety in AA, I have had some time to think about the issue of alcoholism and my family. ThreeContinue reading “No Words Needed – Grapevine Article February 2022 by Larry K.”

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.”

From the Grass Roots- Grapevine Article October 1952 by Anonymous

AN APPEAL THE most wonderful thing that has happened to the alcoholic, is the discovery that he can lead a happy normal life if he wants too, and that he does not have to do it alone. In this AA garden, grow many varieties of patience, understanding, tolerance and love. . .some perhaps unsuited toContinue reading “From the Grass Roots- Grapevine Article October 1952 by Anonymous”