The Right To Be Wrong – Grapevine Article April 1995 by Jim N.

After moving out West, I attended a beginners meeting one afternoon. A man stood at the door greeting people this way: “Are you new? Do you have a desire to stop drinking?” If the individual didn’t admit to having such a desire, he or she was invited to leave and go to another meeting. IContinue reading “The Right To Be Wrong – Grapevine Article April 1995 by Jim N.”

Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.

But learning to cope with life, people, and situations is vital to our growth IS COMFORTABLE SOBRIETY the new goal in AA? It would seem so from some of the things I have heard recently, during and after meetings. For instance, at a Step meeting, a young man rather proudly announced that he couldn’t possiblyContinue reading “Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.”

The Millwright’s Apprentice – Grapevine Article September 2015 by John F.

A lesson he received long before he got sober still resonates Mill construction is demanding work, and it is attended by a subculture of iterant tradesmen that have little reluctance to leave town. The social bonds are uncertain and housing is marginal at best. Broke and homeless, I was lucky to find work as aContinue reading “The Millwright’s Apprentice – Grapevine Article September 2015 by John F.”

An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.

I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it depresses me to think of what life would be like without AA. It has been long on my mind to write thisContinue reading “An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.”

In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.

He became his father and lived to know his pain firsthand I was eleven years old the night I was awakened by a woman’s screams and the thud of a body slamming into the other side of my bedroom wall. That sound is distinct and sickening, etched into my auditory memory to this day. AnyoneContinue reading “In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.”

A Better Fit – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Don S.

How 10 aching toes became a powerful lesson about the dangers of being right My first interaction with a Higher Power was terse. I had reached the end of my rope, having attempted sobriety for a period of about 19 months. I had relapsed and suffered through 10 months of incomprehensible demoralization. I was genuinelyContinue reading “A Better Fit – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Don S.”

Moment of Clarity, Act of Providence – Grapevine Article by Joe C.

He wanted to die because nothing could be worse than the life he was living. But the cop who arrested him had other ideas This particular run has lasted about four and a half years since I picked up that first drink. I had left AA after 11 months of clean time knowing it couldContinue reading “Moment of Clarity, Act of Providence – Grapevine Article by Joe C.”

Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238

“Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and comsuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford. “The remedy? Well,Continue reading “Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238”

Our Secrets Keep Us Sick- Each Day A New Beginning August 22nd

We’re only as sick as the secrets we keep. -Sue Atchley Ebaugh Harboring parts of our inner selves, fearing what others would think if they knew, creates the barriers that keep us separate, feeling different, certain of our inadequacies. Secrets are burdens, and they weigh heavily on us, so heavily. Carrying secrets makes impossible theContinue reading “Our Secrets Keep Us Sick- Each Day A New Beginning August 22nd”

Dealing With Resentments – As Bill Sees It #39

Resentment is the Number One offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have also been spiritually ill. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.In dealing with resentments, we set themContinue reading “Dealing With Resentments – As Bill Sees It #39”