Self-Pity Can Kill – Grapevine Article February 1973 by J.W.

We can weep, whine, or get drunk–or we can learn to accept OVER AND OVER, through the gaiety of the preholiday season in December 1965, I chanted this litany of despair: “I gave all I had to give, and it wasn’t enough.” And on Christmas night, I made a drunken and almost successful suicide attempt.Continue reading “Self-Pity Can Kill – Grapevine Article February 1973 by J.W.”

It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.

Constant work with the Tenth Step shows us what we are and what we can become DURING MY drinking days, it seemed that I was either a god or a devil–but never human. I was either so grandly above everyone else that they were unworthy of my love or so desperately below the level ofContinue reading “It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.”

Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.

. . . the unease that makes us want to do a better job of living – From the June 1965 Grapevine IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on theirContinue reading “Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.”

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.”

Problems Other Than Alcohol – Bill W 1958

From an article written by A.A. co-founderBill W. in 1958. Therefore, some of the language may be dated, but the issues addressed are prevalent today Perhaps there is no suffering more horrible than drug addiction, especially that kind which is produced by morphine, heroin, and other narcotics. Such drugs twist the mind, and the awfulContinue reading “Problems Other Than Alcohol – Bill W 1958”

An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.”

We Cannot Stand Still – As Bill Sees It #25

In the first days of A.A., I wasn’t much bothered about the areas of life in which I was standing still. There was always the alibi: “After all,” I said to myself, “I’m far too busy with much more important matters.” That was my near perfect prescription for comfort and complacency.<< << << >> >>Continue reading “We Cannot Stand Still – As Bill Sees It #25”

Big Book Is Born – Grapevine Article May 2019; 80 Years After It’s Original Publication

TIMELINE WRITTEN BY BILL S. | FAIRFIELD, CONN. Middle of Oct., 1937Our cofounder Bill W. travels to Akron where the group meets and approves raising funds for paid missionaries, a chain of national hospitals and the writing of a book. The Ohio members do not, however, intend to contribute any money themselves, and they sendContinue reading “Big Book Is Born – Grapevine Article May 2019; 80 Years After It’s Original Publication”

How Much Is Enough – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Richard M.

Never enough money, women, cars, things. And never enough as a person either. –Step Ten – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. My sponsor told me the answer to this question. But first, a little background. When I was drinking, I believed I should always have enough aroundContinue reading “How Much Is Enough – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Richard M.”

AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous

It’s a well-know AA fact that the Big Book underwent intense scrutiny and exhaustive discussion before reaching print in its final form. In fact, Bill W. often referred to himself as the referee of these “discussions” rather then the Big Book’s author. Below, excerpted from chapter five, are some examples of the changes that cameContinue reading “AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous”