Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”

A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. In Western Massachusetts we have the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions on display and that’s what I saw at my first meeting. I was disgusted.Continue reading “A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.”

A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.

He had changed in sobriety–and it showed THERE WAS a time when my main problem was trying to get enough courage to kill myself. I am a victim of leprosy of the soul, commonly called alcoholism. They tell me it is incurable. I believe them. I have seen many people die a miserable death fromContinue reading “A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.”

The Three Faces Of Recovery – Grapevine Article Feb 1985 by K.W.

SOMEONE CRITICIZED my drinking. I didn’t like being criticized, because it hurt my tender little feelings; my ego rebelled. The criticism implied that there was something wrong in the way I drank. Why, I was proud when people commented on how much I could drink at one sitting and how well I held my liquor.Continue reading “The Three Faces Of Recovery – Grapevine Article Feb 1985 by K.W.”

Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M

An AA considers how an alcoholic can come to accept the past for what was At a meeting last week, I heard a man with over 10 years sober speak. He made a comment that he still had a hard time with the concept of not regretting the past. He still felt badly about someContinue reading “Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M”

The Hard Road – Grapevine Article by Matt W.

Learning to forgive himself was the road less traveled—but he took it Not only the getting and staying sober part but also the learning how to live and deal with life part of it. I have lost friends and family and fingers. I’ve lost jobs and had cars repo-ed. I have struggled at times withContinue reading “The Hard Road – Grapevine Article by Matt W.”

What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.

I can remember the first time I read the following sentence from chapter five of the Big Book: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” I was sitting at a Big Book meeting, only a few months into the program, still pretty shaky and confused. But those words gave me a feeling of releaseContinue reading “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.”

Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12

“Just like you, I have often thought myself the victim of what other people say and do. Yet every time I confessed the sins of such people, especially those whose sins did not correspond exactly with my own, I found that I only increased the total damage. My own resentment, my self-pity would often renderContinue reading “Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12”

Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.

On the finer points of isolation We have all done it. Many of us isolated when we drank, and some still do in sobriety. We may dress it up as “hibernating” or “being alone,” but it is usually not a positive thing. Generally, I am not good company for myself. Being accountable to my sponsorContinue reading “Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.”

Isolation – A New Pair Of Glasses – Chuck C

Conscious separation to conscious contact The Problem: Now I am convinced in my own mind….that there is only one problem in this life.  One problem that includes all problems and one answer that includes all answers … I am totally convinced that the only roadblock between me and you and my God is the human ego.  TheContinue reading “Isolation – A New Pair Of Glasses – Chuck C”