Behind Our Excuses – As Bill Sees It #267

As excuse-makers and rationalizers, we drunks are champions. It is the business of the psychiatrist to find the deeper causes for our conduct. Though uninstructed in psychiatry, we can, after a little time in A.A., see that our motives have not been what we thought they were, and that we have been motivated by forcesContinue reading “Behind Our Excuses – As Bill Sees It #267”

Emotional Binge – Grapevine Article April 1967 by M.U.

MY new-found sobriety had wings. My gratitude knew no limit. It seemed I wasn’t bound any more. I soared up into the air and then had a great emotional fall. I suffered an emotional hangover from flying too high on my new sobriety. The fires of enthusiasm had not only burnt out, but I wasContinue reading “Emotional Binge – Grapevine Article April 1967 by M.U.”

Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H

My sponsor got a chuckle out of my first reaction to the over-stuffed garbage can. I was once again reminded that if I learn to laugh at myself, I can have a lifetime of entertainment. I walked out to the curb to bring our empty trash can back to the house. As I grabbed theContinue reading “Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H”

Attitude Adjustment – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Gee

A nice way to start the day I am an alcoholic who has been sober and recovering for just over eight months now. What an incredible ride it has been. From the moment I pulled open the doors to my very first meeting, I felt something different, something good was going to happen. Those doors,Continue reading “Attitude Adjustment – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Gee”

Confessions Of a Reluctant Newcomer – Grapevine Article March 2003 by W.B.

He didn’t know that AA was not a spectator sport Newcomers, God love ’em, can’t be beaten with a stick. They stand up at speakers’ meetings and talk for six minutes or for fifty-six; they’re live-wires or numb as rocks; egomaniacs (like me) or doormats. They’re the lifeblood of the program; the pigeons who carryContinue reading “Confessions Of a Reluctant Newcomer – Grapevine Article March 2003 by W.B.”

Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196

When our failings generate fear, we then have soul-sickness. This sickness, in turn, generates still more character defects. Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when theContinue reading “Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196”

Trouble: Constructive or Destructive – As Bill Sees It #110

“There was a time when we ignored trouble, hoping it would go away. Or, in fear and in depression, we ran from it, but found it was still with us. Often, full of unreason, bitterness, and blame, we fought back. These mistaken attitudes, powered by alcohol, guaranteed our destruction, unless they were altered. “Then cameContinue reading “Trouble: Constructive or Destructive – As Bill Sees It #110”

Billy’s Death – Practicing These Principles Reflection by Ray A.

News arrived yesterday of Billy’s death. He was just a boy when I met him, probably around ten. Raised with two other siblings in a loving middle-class suburban home, he would grow up to be what most people would consider a successful young man, marrying and starting a lucrative career in a major city’s financialContinue reading “Billy’s Death – Practicing These Principles Reflection by Ray A.”

Staying Open to Change – Grapevine Article April 1994 by Ed C.

This AA says we need to feel free to look into “every dark cranny of the past” in order to understand ourselves I recently heard at a meeting, “If you really work the Third Step fully, like I did, you won’t need any outside help.” The next person added that his sponsor had told himContinue reading “Staying Open to Change – Grapevine Article April 1994 by Ed C.”

Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.

Chains of bitterness toward his mother are shattered through forgiveness Returning from school, halfway down the hall leading to my apartment, I smelled the familiar mixed odors of smoke and booze. With dread in my heart, I knew what I was about to face: my drunken mother in her messy housecoat, sitting on a chairContinue reading “Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.”