His alcoholism and bipolar disorder conspired to keep him in some fearful places My drinking started when I was 17 years old. Some friends and I got hold of some liquor and beer, which we drank in the back of my friend’s truck bed. We sat drinking and smoking cigarettes. Everyone was getting pretty drunkContinue reading “Darkness Visible – Grapevine Article by Toby M.”
Category Archives: Pain
Hidden Strength – Grapevine Article February 1997 by Donna G.
Solutions in Sobriety Getting through each sober day is an extra challenge for me. I was first diagnosed with an incurable arthritic condition when I was forty years old and sober a few years. At first the doctor told me that my case was mild, but over the years the physical pain and discomfort hasContinue reading “Hidden Strength – Grapevine Article February 1997 by Donna G.”
Modern Man In Search of Soul – Bill W’s 2nd and final letter to Dr. Carl Jung from the AA book ‘Pass It On.
Bill W’s letter to Dr. Carl Jung crediting him for his contribution to AA and Dr. Jung’s very insightful response about his own inability to help an alcoholic (Roland H) recover but his recognition of the alcoholic ‘craving for alcohol as the equivalent, on a low level, of the spiritual thirst of our being forContinue reading “Modern Man In Search of Soul – Bill W’s 2nd and final letter to Dr. Carl Jung from the AA book ‘Pass It On.”
Anchored In The Present – Jan 10th Reflection From Courage to Change
“The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist. Ours only is the present’s tiny point.” – Mahmoud Shabistari I suspect that if I reclaimed all the minutes, hours, and days I’ve sacrificed to worry and fear, I’d add years to my life. When I succumb to worry, I open aContinue reading “Anchored In The Present – Jan 10th Reflection From Courage to Change”
Accepting Imperfection In Ourselves & Others – Bill W Letter with Anonymous Comments from ‘Friends of Bill’
Jim A. found this interesting article that perhaps can be thought of as identifying how we may not only expect perfection from ourselves but project it and impose it on others. One of the topics we’ve been discussing about emotional sobriety is our tendency to create unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others. When we findContinue reading “Accepting Imperfection In Ourselves & Others – Bill W Letter with Anonymous Comments from ‘Friends of Bill’”
Dangers of Self Reliance – Practice These Principles By Ray A.
Self-centered Fear: Self-sufficiency and Self-reliance This generally unconscious tendency to build our lives independently of God is what the Big Book means by self-reliance, and it drives the manifold aspirations and ambitions we pursue through work. For work is not always about money and the financial independence it can buy. It is just as muchContinue reading “Dangers of Self Reliance – Practice These Principles By Ray A.”
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.”
We Never Give Up – Grapevine Article February 2020 by Alex M.
A man from Nepal reminds him that we don’t have the power to get people sober. We just hope and keep reaching out On a cold morning in February, I got a call from an AA friend who was working with a local ministry group that helped refugees and immigrants who had been given asylumContinue reading “We Never Give Up – Grapevine Article February 2020 by Alex M.”
The Twelve Promises following the 9th Step – Big Book pg 83,84
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. The Twelve Promises Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
A World With Clear Eyes – Grapevine Article October 2022 by Brent T.
When he was drinking, he was lost in his emotions. The Steps of AA helped bring him back I was a “happy-go-lucky” drunk and an avid party goer. I was almost always happy. But when I had hangovers, I saw the truth of what I was becoming—sad, depressed and demoralized. I tried my best toContinue reading “A World With Clear Eyes – Grapevine Article October 2022 by Brent T.”