Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous

Whenever I hear sponsors mentioned in AA meetings, I think about the sponsors I’ve had since September 1974, when I first got to AA. I remember my first sponsor. Let’s call her Wilma, since that wasn’t her name. I asked her to be my sponsor after my first AA meeting. Wilma was the only oneContinue reading “Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous”

Falling Apart On The Inside – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Cliff P

In my tenth year of recovery , I found myself well – grounded in the program . I was active , my support system was strong , and my life was good . I had a growing career in local television as a studio engineer . Financially , I had more than I could askContinue reading “Falling Apart On The Inside – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Cliff P”

The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain

Yesterday as we discussed Chapter 22 of Living Sober regarding self-pity, we had some powerful shares about the importance of acknowledging and facing our pain. I’ve chosen as my primary lead a Grapevine article published on the website back in January that we’ve never discussed entitled ‘The Power of Pain’. This article captures and expandsContinue reading “The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain”

The Person I Was Meant To Be – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.D.

AS A TEENAGER, when life was overwhelming to me, I was introduced to alcohol. At once, I knew that I had found a great friend–something to shield me from the new and powerful emotions of my developing youth and the inferiority feelings I was becoming familiar with as a result. Alcohol made me loose andContinue reading “The Person I Was Meant To Be – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.D.”

No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S

With a sponsor’s tough love and unconditional acceptance, he finished his Fifth Step and got back into life At the meeting, he would sit facing the door. The vigil of a lonely man, I came to think of it as. The kind of vigil I used to maintain on a barstool, hoping for the rightContinue reading “No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S”

Unzipping the Steps – Grapevine Article September 2004 by Linda B.

Necessary protection during emotional free fall A man who had begun drinking again after a long period of sobriety spoke in a meeting about how he “had worked the Steps in reverse.” First he quit doing service (Step Twelve), then he let go of his spiritual life (Step Eleven), then he quit taking a dailyContinue reading “Unzipping the Steps – Grapevine Article September 2004 by Linda B.”

Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of a sponsee, his sponsor reflects back on life, service, and relapse in AA “Ken, I think something bad happened to Dan.” With those words, spoken softly over the telephone by a fellow recovering alcoholic early one evening last spring, my worst fears as an AA sponsor beganContinue reading “Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.”

Closet Anger – Grapevine Article December 1984 By K.P.

FOR THE FIRST five or six years of my sobriety, I thought it–well–unfair that we alcoholics could not afford anger or resentment. Popular literature of the time was full of the value of “venting.” Other people, it appeared, could indulge in volcanoes of molten fury and emerge purified and refreshed, their relationships clearer and richer forContinue reading “Closet Anger – Grapevine Article December 1984 By K.P.”

Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age

Big Book Chapter: Bill’s Story Pages 6,7 My brother-in-law is a physician, and through his kindness and that of my mother I was placed in a nationally-known hospital for the mental and physical rehabilitation of alcoholics. Under the so-called belladonna treatment my brain cleared. Hydrotherapy and mild exercise helped much. Best of all, I metContinue reading “Mashup – Bill W’s Last Relapse from Bill’s Story in the Big Book and AA Comes of Age”

Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Christy O

Viewing herself through a brand new lens brought her spirituality into sharp focus Recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body requires we apply the principles learned in Alcoholics Anonymous in every area of our lives. The program has the unprecedented ability to quickly relieve our obsession to drink, should we be willing.Continue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Christy O”