Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’

Dec 2006 – Whose Marriage Is It Anyway A rocky relationship in recovery I know what it is like to be a total failure as a father. On a cool November evening, I sat on a bench in a park near my house, trying to decide whether I wanted to live or die. My sixteen-year-oldContinue reading “Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’”

Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991

Lori and I didn’t talk much. Instead, we specialized in our own nonverbal brands of communication. That’s why it came as such a shock to me when she finally did verbalize “separation.” After five years of marriage I had settled into a monotonous routine. I knew that the marriage wasn’t exciting or even rewarding butContinue reading “Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991”

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”

Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.

There is something better to be found, but one has to give up to find it Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, phychiatrist and friend of AA, said, “. . .The two essential ingredients to maintaining sobriety are . . . the preservation of a reduced ego and the continued presence of humility. ” In the followingContinue reading “Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.”

And Eventually, We Found Beauty In It All – Grapevine Article by Emma W.

A beautiful and loving ode to healing after the trauma of alcoholism Consider that every person has a unique capacity to endure emotional trauma, and degrees of spiritual pain. I have observed this in recovering alcoholics; some have a greater capacity, while others have a lesser one. For example, my suffering appears trivial compared toContinue reading “And Eventually, We Found Beauty In It All – Grapevine Article by Emma W.”

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”

It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.

I CAME INTO AA reluctantly, with real reservations, especially in emotional areas of my life. When I heard that even righteous indignation was something alcoholics could not afford to indulge in, I felt not only puzzled but put-upon by the very group that I had hoped could help me. After all, what was I supposedContinue reading “It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.”

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.”

An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H

If there’s something deep inside that’s smarter and kinder, then why not listen to it? What if there is no God? This question has haunted me periodically throughout my sobriety. If my sobriety depends on belief in and access to a power greater than myself, what happens if there is no God? Some say IContinue reading “An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H”

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.”