Knowledge Is Not Enough – Grapevine Article April 1953 by H.G.

But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge (Big Book, page 39) THIS is not the story of my drinking career, which pray God is over. That story would be more lurid than some, not so shocking as others. A typicalContinue reading “Knowledge Is Not Enough – Grapevine Article April 1953 by H.G.”

The Empty Tank – Grapevine Article June 1955 by Anonymous

THE engine on my car snorted, coughed and died. I knew my wife was glaring at me. Of course, I wasn’t looking at her. I was intently studying the road dead ahead. It had suddenly become very interesting now that I couldn’t get there. The springs on the seat beside me squawked and then cameContinue reading “The Empty Tank – Grapevine Article June 1955 by Anonymous”

The Dry Drunk Waltz – Grapevine Article by Julie H.

She learned the dance of anger, frustration, and denial from her father, but replaced it with the sweeter music of AA It wasn’t till my father threw my mother’s mother across the kitchen and broke her arm that he was forced to stop drinking. He had grown up with a very drunk and abusive fatherContinue reading “The Dry Drunk Waltz – Grapevine Article by Julie H.”

With Complete Abandon – Grapevine Article by Mary

After many relapses and false starts she heard something in a meeting that changed everything I’ve been introducing myself as, “I’m Mary and I’m an alcoholic” for 27 years, yet I have just begun my fifth year of continuous sobriety. My journey has been amazing, and my life is more joyful and hopeful than everContinue reading “With Complete Abandon – Grapevine Article by Mary”

Unmanageable, What’s That? – Grapevine Article January 2016 by Ted K.

He stopped drinking, so why did his life seem to be getting worse ? STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. I began drinking when I was 15. Alcohol was fun and made me feel a part of the crowd. It removed my inhibitions and my feelings ofContinue reading “Unmanageable, What’s That? – Grapevine Article January 2016 by Ted K.”

24 Hours A Day – July 13th

Thought for the Day Before alcoholics come into A.A., they are “flying blind.” But A.A. gives them a directed beam in the A.A. program. As long as they keep on this beam, the signal of sobriety keeps coming through. If they have a slip, the signal is broken. If they swing off course into drunkenness,Continue reading “24 Hours A Day – July 13th”

Living Sober – Watching Out For Anger & Resentments (Chapter 15 Excerpts)

Interestingly, several of the methods already discussed for avoiding a drink have also worked splendidly for getting over the inner discomfort we suffer when angry. For instance, when we begin to simmer inside, it sometimes helps a great deal to take a few bites of something good to eat, or a glass of a nonalcoholicContinue reading “Living Sober – Watching Out For Anger & Resentments (Chapter 15 Excerpts)”

A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.

WE MEMBERS of AA do not have a monopoly on feeling uncomfortable. Over and over, I hear my fellows (and me, too, sometimes) lament some “alcoholic” discomfort or other. It seems to me that many of those feelings are not so much alcoholic as they are human. A good example is contained in the promiseContinue reading “A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.”

Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.

I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous four years ago. I was suicidal, filled with rage, and completely baffled by this strange disease that had taken control of my life, my soul, my mind, and my spirit. I went into a treatment center, attended meetings there, prayed, read all the AA literature IContinue reading “Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.”

Sidelined By Remorse – Grapevine Article Sept 2010 by J.M.

After his brother’s suicide, he blames himself and drops out of AA One thing I have learned in AA is that an event that seems insignificant at the time can have monumental effects later. Nothing, it seems, is quite as it seems. Thirty-four years ago I was new in the Fellowship, full of fear, andContinue reading “Sidelined By Remorse – Grapevine Article Sept 2010 by J.M.”