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”

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”

He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.

An ambitious playwright, his brains got so far ahead of his emotions that he collapsed into suicidal drinking. To learn to live, he nearly died. I REMEMBER the day when I decided to drink myself to death quietly, without bothering anyone, because I was tired of having been a dependable, trustworthy person for about thirty-nineContinue reading “He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.”

Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.

MANY YEARS ago, when I was trying to integrate constant social drinking with happy personal relationships, this futile endeavor led me to consult a psychologist (who, I see in retrospect, was an outstanding therapist) and to take what he called a “course.” He did not diagnose me as alcoholic; but he did, after the firstContinue reading “Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.”

Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of a sponsee, his sponsor reflects back on life, service, and relapse in AA “Ken, I think something bad happened to Dan.” With those words, spoken softly over the telephone by a fellow recovering alcoholic early one evening last spring, my worst fears as an AA sponsor beganContinue reading “Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.”

Reach Out and Touch Someone – Grapevine Article by Bob P August 1995

Separated by many miles, these AAs had a three-way meeting over the telephone I was nervous. I had been to nearly two thousand Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but this was going to be one of the most unusual. It would be small; there were only three of us. I’d known Chuck for years, but I’d onlyContinue reading “Reach Out and Touch Someone – Grapevine Article by Bob P August 1995”

Facing Up to the Downs – Grapevine Article February 1984 By L.C.

A MONTH AGO, my life got turned upside down. While finishing a hard day’s work outside with my husband, I lost my footing, falling down an incline, badly breaking my ankle, and tearing ligaments in the process. In an instant, I went from a gal who was on the go eighteen hours a day toContinue reading “Facing Up to the Downs – Grapevine Article February 1984 By L.C.”

Toward Reality – Grapevine Article April 1980 by C.B.

THE SPEAKER at my group’s closed meeting recounted her sponsor’s advice for dealing with her fears: “Don’t drink, go to daily meetings, and nothing bad can happen to you.” Not long before this meeting, dear AA friends who don’t drink and do go to many meetings had experienced probably the worst thing that can happenContinue reading “Toward Reality – Grapevine Article April 1980 by C.B.”

Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’

Dec 2006 – Whose Marriage Is It Anyway A rocky relationship in recovery I know what it is like to be a total failure as a father. On a cool November evening, I sat on a bench in a park near my house, trying to decide whether I wanted to live or die. My sixteen-year-oldContinue reading “Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’”