Learning To Feel – Grapevine Article February 2023 by Laura S.

Early in my sobriety, my sponsor Linda told me that I was allowed to call and whine about a situation exactly once. After that, we were going to talk about solutions, not problems. She also gave me a time limit on feeling sorry for myself. I can’t remember if it was 10 minutes or 15Continue reading “Learning To Feel – Grapevine Article February 2023 by Laura S.”

Step 1 What Is The Problem – The Steps We Took by Joe McQ

Joe McQ is the Joe of the well known Joe & Charlie BB studies, tapes, and retreats. He has some compelling wisdom for us about Step 1 in his book entitled ‘The Steps We Took’. Here is a short extract of the first portion of his chapter on Step 1 What is the Problem? WeContinue reading “Step 1 What Is The Problem – The Steps We Took by Joe McQ”

Breaking The Bonds Of Perfectionism – ‘12 Essential Insights For Emotional Sobriety’ by Dr. Allen Berger

I want you to meet Maria, who was struggling in her marriage and was sabotaging her own attempts to achieve emotional sobriety. As you will see, her unrelenting pressure to achieve perfection was making it impossible to achieve emotional sobriety. I would even say that for Maria, as for all of us, perfectionism is asContinue reading “Breaking The Bonds Of Perfectionism – ‘12 Essential Insights For Emotional Sobriety’ by Dr. Allen Berger”

Half Measures of Honesty? – Grapevine Article February 1979 By C.B.

I HAVE BEEN a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for several years, and I am most grateful. The rewards and benefits I have received have all been made possible through accepting and following certain conditions set forth in the program of AA. Which of these conditions is of the greatest importance may be debatable. However, IContinue reading “Half Measures of Honesty? – Grapevine Article February 1979 By C.B.”

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”