The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.

Dimly lit rooming houses, emergency rooms, even rooftops— he keeps reaching out. And once in a good while they reach back The man was sweating, shaking, almost incoherent in his pain. “We know how you feel,” my AA friend told him. “We’ve been there.” I was so nervous I didn’t know what to say. ThisContinue reading “The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.”

What We Will Be Tomorrow- Grapevine Article Mayb 1991 by Ed H.

My first thoughts regarding Step Five were that I would take it with someone far away and then pray for that person’s early demise. I can see today, though, how something like this could have been disastrous to my sobriety. There are people in my life today whom I have chosen as friends and throughContinue reading “What We Will Be Tomorrow- Grapevine Article Mayb 1991 by Ed H.”

Turning Down The Volume – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Kiko M.

Not everybody is going to like me or like what I have to offer. What matters is that I like myself enough to continue to take my inventory and be of maximum service. Recently I had the opportunity to DJ at an AA conference. To prepare, I put in months of work, attempting to absolutelyContinue reading “Turning Down The Volume – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Kiko M.”

Does AA Have Hidden Membership Rules? – Grapevine Article June 2004 by Anonymous

You don’t have to be a sheep to stay sober I’ve been a grateful and active member of AA for fourteen years and have always been an admirer and student of AA literature and history. Though I’d like to think so at times, I don’t have all the answers, but I do have lots ofContinue reading “Does AA Have Hidden Membership Rules? – Grapevine Article June 2004 by Anonymous”

Clean House, Help Others – Grapevine Article by Gary D.

Helping others in AA has a ripple effect that spreads beyond what we can see I’m a meatcutter and in one job I had I worked normal 8 to 5 hours. In my spare time, I took meetings to halfway houses and other recovery homes trying to carry this message. I was all set toContinue reading “Clean House, Help Others – Grapevine Article by Gary D.”

Another One Bites the Dust – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Clark W.

Another journey through Step Four helped him let go of old resentments—and the first one began with Mom Resentment is a bitch. But it can also turn out to be a gift in disguise. That’s what has happened to me a couple of times, in powerful ways, and I’m just now beginning to understand andContinue reading “Another One Bites the Dust – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Clark W.”

After Acceptance … Action Grapevine Article March 1953 by F.C.

MANY times I have heard speakers at AA meetings say “I have accepted the Twelve Steps”. . .in fact, I’ve said it myself more than once. However, on further thought, it’s a pretty light and almost frivolous statement. Couldn’t I just as easily say “I’ve accepted the Ten Commandments”? The longer I’m privileged to enjoyContinue reading “After Acceptance … Action Grapevine Article March 1953 by F.C.”

Only A Symptom – Online Exclusive Grapevine Article by Gregory S.

I am home, I am safe”—emotional sobriety frees him from fear Before my mind could comprehend fear as an intellectual concept, I believe that my emotions were already experiencing it. My childhood years through my mid-teens were filled with physical abuse and verbal rage. My father beat my brother and my brother beat me. EscapingContinue reading “Only A Symptom – Online Exclusive Grapevine Article by Gregory S.”

Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.

Three little words, one big difference My loneliness was a ceaseless, tangible thing, which gnawed away at my guts like a particularly nasty form of cancer. The cause of all this loneliness was that something inside me, beyond my control, made me vicious and frequently violent. I drank heavily every day in an effort toContinue reading “Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.”

Need a Sponsor? Who, Me? – Grapevine Article January 1975 by Sally H.

HAVE YOU ever asked a new–or maybe not so new–person on the program who is having trouble, “Who’s your sponsor?”–only to find the person doesn’t feel he needs one? This can be baffling. You can see that the person is confused, that perhaps some behind-the-scenes work is needed, on a one-to-one basis, beyond the meetingsContinue reading “Need a Sponsor? Who, Me? – Grapevine Article January 1975 by Sally H.”