Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.

MANY YEARS ago, when I was trying to integrate constant social drinking with happy personal relationships, this futile endeavor led me to consult a psychologist (who, I see in retrospect, was an outstanding therapist) and to take what he called a “course.” He did not diagnose me as alcoholic; but he did, after the firstContinue reading “Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.”

Reality – Grapevine Article July 1981 by J.W.

SOMEWHERE along the line, I bought a bill of goods that said I should never have to be uncomfortable. I bought it as a child and used the things of children to make it so. Later, I used alcohol to make it more so. Alcohol failed, and I had to find a substitute. I cameContinue reading “Reality – Grapevine Article July 1981 by J.W.”

Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous

IN Bill’s January Grapevine article, the value of anonymity as group protection and insurance was spelled out in letters big enough for a blind man to see. It drove home the importance of anonymity to AA’s survival and continued effectiveness. Of equal interest to me,[1] however, were the suggestions scattered throughout that anonymity is no ordinary insuranceContinue reading “Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous”

Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’

Dec 2006 – Whose Marriage Is It Anyway A rocky relationship in recovery I know what it is like to be a total failure as a father. On a cool November evening, I sat on a bench in a park near my house, trying to decide whether I wanted to live or die. My sixteen-year-oldContinue reading “Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’”

Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.

There is something better to be found, but one has to give up to find it Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, phychiatrist and friend of AA, said, “. . .The two essential ingredients to maintaining sobriety are . . . the preservation of a reduced ego and the continued presence of humility. ” In the followingContinue reading “Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.”

Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1

“It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” 1.Continue reading “Personality Change – As Bill Sees It Reflection #1”

And Eventually, We Found Beauty In It All – Grapevine Article by Emma W.

A beautiful and loving ode to healing after the trauma of alcoholism Consider that every person has a unique capacity to endure emotional trauma, and degrees of spiritual pain. I have observed this in recovering alcoholics; some have a greater capacity, while others have a lesser one. For example, my suffering appears trivial compared toContinue reading “And Eventually, We Found Beauty In It All – Grapevine Article by Emma W.”

A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine—both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finallyContinue reading “A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37”

What Is Sponsorship – AA Pamphlet Questions & Answers On Sponsorship

You can access this important AA pamphlet in its totality by clicking here. Here is a high level excerpt from this pamphlet that establishes a basic understanding of what sponsorship is and how critical it has been been and continues to be in A.A. What is sponsorship?Alcoholics Anonymous began with sponsorship. When Bill W., onlyContinue reading “What Is Sponsorship – AA Pamphlet Questions & Answers On Sponsorship”

It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.

I CAME INTO AA reluctantly, with real reservations, especially in emotional areas of my life. When I heard that even righteous indignation was something alcoholics could not afford to indulge in, I felt not only puzzled but put-upon by the very group that I had hoped could help me. After all, what was I supposedContinue reading “It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.”