Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer

The Saint Francis Assisi Prayer, often used as an 11th Step Prayer in Alcoholics Anonymous, is an immensely popular and empowering prayer used in recovery. Anyone moving through recovery will eventually encounter the prayer and will get to work through its significance and impact on their spirituality, life, and outlook. If you’re just starting your recoveryContinue reading “Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer”

A Dose Of Reality – Grapevine Article November 2005 by Jill L.

I recently went on a Twelfth Step call with another recovering alcoholic to a woman’s home. What I saw and felt there is almost impossible to put into words, but I felt the need to try for those in the Fellowship who may be getting somewhat complacent. After many years of sobriety it’s easy toContinue reading “A Dose Of Reality – Grapevine Article November 2005 by Jill L.”

Denial: A Story In 3 Parts Grapevine Article May 2006 by Victoria P.

The thick wall finally cracks for this hard-drinking lawyer What It Was Like… These days, I don’t so much fall asleep as pass out. I go to work because my legal career is the Potemkin village of my denial. As long as I’m working, I’m not an alcoholic. I don’t think this, of course, becauseContinue reading “Denial: A Story In 3 Parts Grapevine Article May 2006 by Victoria P.”

Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R

How one member found she doesn’t need a man on her arm or a drink in her hand to define her When I arrived in the rooms of AA, I often heard members say that they were “unemployable.” For my part, I still had a job (holding onto it mostly by blackmail), so I beganContinue reading “Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R”

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.”

No Words Needed – Grapevine Article February 2022 by Larry K.

I’m told that my grandfather was an alcoholic. The disease appears to have skipped a generation, as my father, an only child, did not drink. But alcoholism found me. Today, having just passed 20 years of sobriety in AA, I have had some time to think about the issue of alcoholism and my family. ThreeContinue reading “No Words Needed – Grapevine Article February 2022 by Larry K.”

The Green Demon – Grapevine Article May 1962 by M.D.B.

Jealousy is poisonous – but this AA member found an effective antidote I CAN mark one thing well, in looking back at my whirling nightmare of drinking, it was the only time I was ever completely jealous of total strangers! It amazes me now to remember that I had ugly and envious thoughts about innocentContinue reading “The Green Demon – Grapevine Article May 1962 by M.D.B.”

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.”

The Key to Belonging – Grapevine Article September 2000 by Karen S.

Growing up, I was an angry, lonely, frightened kid. I didn’t know how to make friends, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to. Recess was the most painful part of my day–I’d sit on the outskirts of the playground, sensing that I wasn’t welcome to play tag or kickball. I watched the other children, takingContinue reading “The Key to Belonging – Grapevine Article September 2000 by Karen S.”

Step 1 Surrender & Humility – Practice These Principles By Ray A.

The admission of powerlessness is a distinctly AA way of practicing certain spiritual principles that are key to recovery. Chief among these are the discipline of surrender and the virtue of humility. We have characterized these two principles as being foundational to the entire program, underlying all the Steps and extending through all stages ofContinue reading “Step 1 Surrender & Humility – Practice These Principles By Ray A.”