You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.

On sponsorship and the newcomer DEAR JOHN: I could almost begin this letter “Dear Newcomer.” The only problem with that is, I want you to know how close I feel to you at this moment in our lives. Watching new people grow renews my sobriety, I hope I never lose interest in the personal joyContinue reading “You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.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.”

Facing Criticism – As Bill Sees It #56

Sometimes, we register surprise, shock, and anger when people find fault with A.A. We are apt to be disturbed to such an extent that wecannot benefit by constructive criticism. This sort of resentment makes no friends and achieves no constructive purpose. Certainly, this is an area in which we can improve. << << << >>Continue reading “Facing Criticism – As Bill Sees It #56”

11 Men & A Prayer – Grapevine Article November 2017 by Ed L.

With a few canoes and horseshoes, and a little help from upstairs, a mountain fellowship begins It was in Quartz Hill, just west of Lancaster, California, where I first heard the expression, “Why pray when you can worry?”  Why, indeed? Three years ago, a handful of us stood around after the Wednesday night men’s stag meetingContinue reading “11 Men & A Prayer – Grapevine Article November 2017 by Ed L.”

Elimination Of Our Drinking Is But A Beginning – Big Book pgs 19 & 20

None of us makes a sole vocation of this work, nor do we think its effectiveness would be increased if we did. We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs. All of us spendContinue reading “Elimination Of Our Drinking Is But A Beginning – Big Book pgs 19 & 20”

Beyond The Generation Gap – Grapevine Article August 1985

We all use the tools of the program in much the same ways I LOOK AROUND THE room at my home group. About forty of us. A dozen or so have been regulars since this group’s first meeting ten years ago. Most of us have been sober for more than five years. A few countContinue reading “Beyond The Generation Gap – Grapevine Article August 1985”

Faith, Failure, and Frustration – Grapevine Article May 1973 by Anonymous

Making promises we cannot keep leads only to greater guilt THE GRAVITY of the offense is measured according to the dignity of the one offended. So said an old philosopher. Guilt is sometimes defined as remorse felt over one’s commission of a real or imagined offense. Sometimes, I define guilt as the result of wishingContinue reading “Faith, Failure, and Frustration – Grapevine Article May 1973 by Anonymous”

From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S

She couldn’t believe that she was actually an alcoholic until the night after her first meeting Although I didn’t start drinking until I was in college, my alcoholic mind was developing from the moment I was born. That I had an alcoholic mind in my teenage years was evident from the poetry I was writingContinue reading “From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S”

A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.

Though not the fancy getaway he was used to, the journey this year was to himself My drinking had gone from being a way to escape life’s pressures to a long, slow descent into hell. But the end came quickly, a few weeks after one fateful Christmas. If you saw my life a couple ofContinue reading “A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.”

Accepting What Is – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety

Sentence Completion Exercise Any endeavor to change must include looking at the forces within us that would sabotage our best efforts. We need to become aware of how we interfere with the process of acceptance. The following exercise can help. Take each sentence stem and write it at the top of a piece of paper.Continue reading “Accepting What Is – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety”