Garden Hose Sobriety – Grapevine Article by Jeff M October 2006

Having fun wasn’t much fun One of the last AA meetings I attended before my self-styled graduation from Alcoholics Anonymous was at La Tuna Federal Prison. Set in a windswept desert plain, La Tuna rises up like a Spanish hacienda surrounded by razor wire and thick white walls. I saw myself supporting AA with myContinue reading “Garden Hose Sobriety – Grapevine Article by Jeff M October 2006”

God Has A Plan – Grapevine Article August 2022 by Kayleigh Z.

She was sure nothing good could come of her situation, but more was to be revealed “God has a plan,” my sponsor insisted as I fumed through the phone. I was irate, since my boss had just presented me with an impossible dilemma: the business was not doing well, so he had to slash myContinue reading “God Has A Plan – Grapevine Article August 2022 by Kayleigh Z.”

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.”

You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.

On sponsorship and the newcomer DEAR JOHN: I could almost begin this letter “Dear Newcomer.” The only problem with that is, I want you to know how close I feel to you at this moment in our lives. Watching new people grow renews my sobriety, I hope I never lose interest in the personal joyContinue reading “You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.”

Need a Sponsor? Who, Me? – Grapevine Article January 1975 by Sally H.

HAVE YOU ever asked a new–or maybe not so new–person on the program who is having trouble, “Who’s your sponsor?”–only to find the person doesn’t feel he needs one? This can be baffling. You can see that the person is confused, that perhaps some behind-the-scenes work is needed, on a one-to-one basis, beyond the meetingsContinue reading “Need a Sponsor? Who, Me? – Grapevine Article January 1975 by Sally H.”

Meeting Adversity – As Bill Sees It #184

“Our spiritual and emotional growth in A.A. does not depend so deeply upon success as it does upon our failures and setbacks. If you will bear this in mind, I think that your slip will have the effect of kicking you upstairs, instead of down. “We A.A.’s have had no better teacher than Old ManContinue reading “Meeting Adversity – As Bill Sees It #184”

Faith, Failure, and Frustration – Grapevine Article May 1973 by Anonymous

Making promises we cannot keep leads only to greater guilt THE GRAVITY of the offense is measured according to the dignity of the one offended. So said an old philosopher. Guilt is sometimes defined as remorse felt over one’s commission of a real or imagined offense. Sometimes, I define guilt as the result of wishingContinue reading “Faith, Failure, and Frustration – Grapevine Article May 1973 by Anonymous”

Renew Your Effort – As Bill Sees It #68

“Though I know how hurt and sorry you must be after this slip, please do not worry about a temporary loss of your inner peace. As calmly as you can, just renew your effort on the A.A. program, especially those parts of it which have to do with meditation and self-analysis. “Could I also suggestContinue reading “Renew Your Effort – As Bill Sees It #68”

Principles and Personalities – Grapevine Article June 1971 by J.C.

Keep your eye on the principle and don’t let the personality bug you MY NAME is Joe C. I have been sober four years now, and the last three have been happy years, though the first was miserable. I never want to live through that year again, and, if I don’t pick up that firstContinue reading “Principles and Personalities – Grapevine Article June 1971 by J.C.”

A Christmas Carol – Grapevine Article August 2007 by Kim M.

From hallucinations to hope If I close my eyes, I can still feel the sting of cold sleet hitting my face as I walked out of the emergency room that morning. I can still feel the bitter taste in my mouth, and the waves of nausea that rolled through my stomach. I told the emergencyContinue reading “A Christmas Carol – Grapevine Article August 2007 by Kim M.”