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.”

This Is Life – Grapevine Article by Shannon C.

Facing life on life’s terms, she asks not what AA can do for her—but what she can do for AA It’d been a couple of weeks since I’d received some overwhelming bad news. Actually, these past couple of years have consisted of one devastating blow after another. Just when I thought I was on theContinue reading “This Is Life – Grapevine Article by Shannon C.”

A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. In Western Massachusetts we have the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions on display and that’s what I saw at my first meeting. I was disgusted.Continue reading “A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.”

A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.

He had changed in sobriety–and it showed THERE WAS a time when my main problem was trying to get enough courage to kill myself. I am a victim of leprosy of the soul, commonly called alcoholism. They tell me it is incurable. I believe them. I have seen many people die a miserable death fromContinue reading “A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.”

Becoming Whole – Grapevine Article June 1979 by J.M.

AFTER WE HAVE put the cork in the bottle (Step One) and unloaded the garbage (Step Five), a burden is lifted from our shoulders–a burden we have borne so long, we have come to think of it as a permanent fixture. Step Three has removed the heavy responsibility of judging others and ourselves. In short,Continue reading “Becoming Whole – Grapevine Article June 1979 by J.M.”

The Hard Road – Grapevine Article by Matt W.

Learning to forgive himself was the road less traveled—but he took it Not only the getting and staying sober part but also the learning how to live and deal with life part of it. I have lost friends and family and fingers. I’ve lost jobs and had cars repo-ed. I have struggled at times withContinue reading “The Hard Road – Grapevine Article by Matt W.”

Mashup – The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article & Dr. Bob’s Farewell

The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article June 2021 By Howard D. If I am ever concerned or confused about what to do, I ask myself this question: What is the loving thing to do here? It took me decades to realize that the goal of recovery is sobriety and unconditional love of others and myself.Continue reading “Mashup – The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article & Dr. Bob’s Farewell”

Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.

On the finer points of isolation We have all done it. Many of us isolated when we drank, and some still do in sobriety. We may dress it up as “hibernating” or “being alone,” but it is usually not a positive thing. Generally, I am not good company for myself. Being accountable to my sponsorContinue reading “Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.”

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.”

Freedom – Grapevine Article February 1980 by D.H.

BEGINNINGS are always exciting but not always clearly perceived at the time. That is the way it was with my beginnings in AA. As I approach the entrance to my twentieth year of sobriety, I am embarked on an odyssey of discovery and rediscovery of those beginnings. Visit with me awhile; together, maybe we canContinue reading “Freedom – Grapevine Article February 1980 by D.H.”