Only A Symptom – Online Exclusive Grapevine Article by Gregory S.

I am home, I am safe”—emotional sobriety frees him from fear Before my mind could comprehend fear as an intellectual concept, I believe that my emotions were already experiencing it. My childhood years through my mid-teens were filled with physical abuse and verbal rage. My father beat my brother and my brother beat me. EscapingContinue reading “Only A Symptom – Online Exclusive Grapevine Article by Gregory S.”

Renew Your Effort – As Bill Sees It #68

“Though I know how hurt and sorry you must be after this slip, please do not worry about a temporary loss of your inner peace. As calmly as you can, just renew your effort on the A.A. program, especially those parts of it which have to do with meditation and self-analysis. “Could I also suggestContinue reading “Renew Your Effort – As Bill Sees It #68”

Surrender & Emotional Sobriety – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger

*Extracted from various chapters of 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety. These extracts were based upon the book quotations and supporting materials when searching on ’surrender’ What Is The Relationship Between Surrender & Emotional Sobriety Bill W struggled with depression for most of his life. He took on his depression in recovery. For the firstContinue reading “Surrender & Emotional Sobriety – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger”

Feeling Blue – Grapevine Article December 2015 by Stu K.

December can be tough for some alcoholics. One member hopes his fellows understand Another run through the holiday gauntlet: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s Day and many others I am ignorant of or have simply forgotten. Heck, even Halloween is a marketing bombardment that spurs drinking to excess. During these times, depression seems to beContinue reading “Feeling Blue – Grapevine Article December 2015 by Stu K.”

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”

People-Pleasing – Practice These Principles by Ray A.

“When I uncovered my need for approval in the Fourth Step, I didn’t think it should rank as a character defect.” – “Character Building,” AA’s Daily Reflections, April 2 The writer of this meditation goes on to state that she wanted to think of her need for approval more as an asset, in that itContinue reading “People-Pleasing – Practice These Principles by Ray A.”

Rebel Without A Cause – Grapevine Article October 2009 by Ray A.

My parents abandoned me while I was still a baby, after my father put a bullet in my mother’s back. Raised by older relatives who were illiterate and very poor, and never feeling accepted by my foster father, I grew up with a sense of insecurity, fear and, at times, shame. I was 10 whenContinue reading “Rebel Without A Cause – Grapevine Article October 2009 by Ray A.”

Living Life Forward – Grapevine Article October 2005 by Pam C.

Sometimes, desperation can be a saving grace Let me begin by saying that I am not one who has drifted away from Alcoholics Anonymous. I have a loving Higher Power and a sponsor, I have an active service position in my home group, I attend several meetings a week, I sponsor women, and I’ve beenContinue reading “Living Life Forward – Grapevine Article October 2005 by Pam C.”

In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous

About a year ago I read an article written by Bill W. titled “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety.” He wrote this article late in his AA recovery and it deals with that wonderfully terrifying realm–beyond not drinking. To me, it was the most powerful thing he ever wrote, along with the Big Book. It openedContinue reading “In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous”

My Cheated Heart – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Kellie E.

An exile in isolation finds that no one has to hurt alone Each of us entering the doors of AA has been filled with more than enough loneliness. My response was a stoic attempt to neither admit nor share that pain. My silent tears became an impenetrable wall of emotional isolation–and only alcohol was allowedContinue reading “My Cheated Heart – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Kellie E.”