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”

Step One Resources – Big Book, 12 & 12, Grapevine Articles, GUGOGS Posts

The chapter ‘More About Alcoholism’ in the Big Book has some great insights into the First Step. Step One in the 12& 12 is another very important resource. Below are some GUGOGS posts from primarily Grapevine Articles that provide very useful stories and insights into Step 1. Taking That First Step And Eventually We FoundContinue reading “Step One Resources – Big Book, 12 & 12, Grapevine Articles, GUGOGS Posts”

Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

AT ONE OF our recent closed meetings here in Toledo, the moderator touched off a lively discussion by introducing “anger” as the evening’s topic. We heard almost as many viewpoints and opinions as there were members present. We also received some valuable information for future program-working. At the outset, there was some confusion about theContinue reading “Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015

There he sat, all alone feeling sorry for himself … would he drink? Or would he reach out? After picking up a nine-month chip, I felt great. I had a sponsor, went to meetings every day and had worked up to the Ninth Step. This is where I stopped. After unsuccessful attempts to make amendsContinue reading “Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015”

Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.

Aided by the “limitless hope and boundless grace” of AA, she took the Step that changed her life I often hear at meetings that Step One is the only Step that must be practiced perfectly. But is practicing perfectly oxymoronic? As a perfectionist and as an alcoholic, I had a problem with this. Fortunately, myContinue reading “Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.”

Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120

12th Step Theme – “THE joy of living is the theme of A.A . ‘ s Twelfth Step , and action is its key word . Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress . Here we experi – ence the kind of giving that asks no rewards . HereContinue reading “Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120”