Unmanageable, What’s That? – Grapevine Article January 2016 by Ted K.

He stopped drinking, so why did his life seem to be getting worse ? STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. I began drinking when I was 15. Alcohol was fun and made me feel a part of the crowd. It removed my inhibitions and my feelings ofContinue reading “Unmanageable, What’s That? – Grapevine Article January 2016 by Ted K.”

Identifying Fear – Daily Reflection July 6th

The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear. . . .— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 76 When I feel uncomfortable, irritated, or depressed, I look for fear. This “evil and corroding thread” is the root of my distress: Fear of failure; fear of others’ opinions; fear of harm, and many otherContinue reading “Identifying Fear – Daily Reflection July 6th”

Emotional Pain – Grapevine Article February 1997 by C.H.

Shortly after I came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in November 1984, I remarked to my sponsor that I had no memory of ever before experiencing the feeling that a knife was being slowly twisted in my gut. But I’ve since learned a lot about what causes most of the emotional pain I experience.Continue reading “Emotional Pain – Grapevine Article February 1997 by C.H.”

More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148

When I am feeling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these: “Pain is the touchstone of progress.” …“ Fear no evil.” …“ This, too, will pass.” …“ This experience can be turned to benefit.” These fragments of prayer bring far more than mere comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance;Continue reading “More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148”

A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.

WE MEMBERS of AA do not have a monopoly on feeling uncomfortable. Over and over, I hear my fellows (and me, too, sometimes) lament some “alcoholic” discomfort or other. It seems to me that many of those feelings are not so much alcoholic as they are human. A good example is contained in the promiseContinue reading “A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.”

Way Out Of Depression – As Bill Sees It #308

During acute depression, avoid trying to set your whole life in order all at once. If you take on assignments so heavy that you are sure to fail in them at the moment, then you are allowing yourself to be tricked by your unconscious. Thus you will continue to make sure of your failure, andContinue reading “Way Out Of Depression – As Bill Sees It #308”

Beyond Step 1 – Grapevine Article June 1974 by Sally H.

Are we missing a great and thrilling adventure because we cannot honestly say, “Here are the steps we took”? BEYOND STEP ONE lies a country most of us never visited before, not even in our dreams. It is a new land, unexplored territory. Once we step over its borders, we can never go back andContinue reading “Beyond Step 1 – Grapevine Article June 1974 by Sally H.”

Fault – Grapevine Article by Robert T

As an active alcoholic, he found fault in others to feel good about himself. His Fourth Step inventory helped change all that I can’t complain about my life, growing up. Oh, I drank too much at times, but I was happy with the way it turned out. The same could be said about how IContinue reading “Fault – Grapevine Article by Robert T”

The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.

This is the story of the transforming experience of my entire life–the experience for which I’m profoundly grateful. My association with the Fellowship has given me the opportunity to begin the process of becoming a different kind of person. During the years that I drank, I was the kind of person I never wanted toContinue reading “The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.”

Sharing The Pain – Grapevine Articles July 1996 by Caroline B.

The Fourth Step helped open the doorway to the past When I was in treatment, I set a goal to do a yearly Fourth Step. I became convinced that the only way to stay sober was to do a yearly housecleaning. But looking back over three years of sobriety, I can see that my initialContinue reading “Sharing The Pain – Grapevine Articles July 1996 by Caroline B.”