The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P

We all have painful emotions and memories to deal with when we get sober. Long-buried feelings surface, and we begin to see how much pain we caused ourselves and the people who cared about us. Can we live with this pain? I am coming to believe that we can, if we allow pain to flow,Continue reading “The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P”

Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age

Big Book Chapter: Bill’s Story Pages 6,7 My brother-in-law is a physician, and through his kindness and that of my mother I was placed in a nationally-known hospital for the mental and physical rehabilitation of alcoholics. Under the so-called belladonna treatment my brain cleared. Hydrotherapy and mild exercise helped much. Best of all, I metContinue reading “Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age”

Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M

AA reconnected him “to the world, the infinite and to other people” I had seen the change in my dad after he got sober in the early 70’s. He was immersed in AA, and I got to know his friends and “pigeons”—his sponsees. They were the first examples of what AA happiness looked like. SeeingContinue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M”

Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P

The first person who asked me to sponsor him in the program was a gay man. I had reservations about doing this, as I am not gay, and reacted with fear and ignorance. I called my sponsor to get his opinion on the right thing to do. Being the good sponsor that he is, heContinue reading “Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P”

What Is Sponsorship – AA Pamphlet Questions & Answers On Sponsorship

You can access this important AA pamphlet in its totality by clicking here. Here is a high level excerpt from this pamphlet that establishes a basic understanding of what sponsorship is and how critical it has been been and continues to be in A.A. What is sponsorship?Alcoholics Anonymous began with sponsorship. When Bill W., onlyContinue reading “What Is Sponsorship – AA Pamphlet Questions & Answers On Sponsorship”

Sponsorship Goes Both Ways – May 1998 Grapevine Article AA General Services Office

A.A.’s program of recovery is spiritual, but the hands-on action of two drunks – one sober, the other new or returning from a slip-helping each other is what glues it together, as our co-founders quickly found out. Looking back on their relationship some years later, Bill W. observed, “Dr. Bob did not need me forContinue reading “Sponsorship Goes Both Ways – May 1998 Grapevine Article AA General Services Office”

Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

AT ONE OF our recent closed meetings here in Toledo, the moderator touched off a lively discussion by introducing “anger” as the evening’s topic. We heard almost as many viewpoints and opinions as there were members present. We also received some valuable information for future program-working. At the outset, there was some confusion about theContinue reading “Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

Anonymity – May 1975 Grapevine Article by C.H.

In an effort to build public understanding of AA’s Anonymity Traditions, the trustees’ Public Information Committee prepared this article for release to newspapers and wire services. WHY ARE Alcoholics Anonymous members anonymous alcoholics? Why are all those people who used to be so noisily unconcerned about making public fools of themselves so passionately interested in anonymity? (“Anonymity”Continue reading “Anonymity – May 1975 Grapevine Article by C.H.”

Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015

There he sat, all alone feeling sorry for himself … would he drink? Or would he reach out? After picking up a nine-month chip, I felt great. I had a sponsor, went to meetings every day and had worked up to the Ninth Step. This is where I stopped. After unsuccessful attempts to make amendsContinue reading “Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015”

Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.

Aided by the “limitless hope and boundless grace” of AA, she took the Step that changed her life I often hear at meetings that Step One is the only Step that must be practiced perfectly. But is practicing perfectly oxymoronic? As a perfectionist and as an alcoholic, I had a problem with this. Fortunately, myContinue reading “Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.”