Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002

I love to introduce myself at an AA meeting as a “satisfied customer of Alcoholics Anonymous.” It says so much about the joy and gratitude I have for our wonderful society. I am one of those second-generation AA members. My mom got sober in AA when I was eight years old. Nine years later, IContinue reading “Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002”

ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout

SINCE becoming a sideline observer of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, my approach to alcoholism has undergone an almost total reorientation. For the first time I saw what peace of mind means in the achievement of sobriety and I began to consider the emotional factors involved from a very different viewpoint. In AA meetings, the roleContinue reading “ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout”

What Does ‘Surrender’ Mean? – Grapevine April 1963 Dr. Harry Tiebout

My first two or three years of contact with AA were the most exciting in my whole professional life. AA was then in its miracle phase; everything that happened seemed strange, wonderful, out of this world. Hopeless drunks were being lifted out of the gutter. Individuals who had sought every known means of help, without success, wereContinue reading “What Does ‘Surrender’ Mean? – Grapevine April 1963 Dr. Harry Tiebout”

Treating the Causes Of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Dr. Harry Tiebout November 1963

I liked the article “An AA Doctor’s Prescription,” which appeared in the July issue of the Grapevine. It nicely stressed the importance of stopping the symptom of drinking. The picture showing the roots and fruits of alcoholism is graphic and intelligible. The concept “The treatment of a symptom” is, I am sure, a sound one.Continue reading “Treating the Causes Of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Dr. Harry Tiebout November 1963”

January 23rd Daily Reflection

She had trouble defining herself independently of her husband, tried to talk to him about it, but he said nonsense, he had no trouble defining her at all.—Cynthia Propper Seton To recover means to learn who we are, independent of friends, children, parents, or intimate partners. It means knowing how we want to spend ourContinue reading “January 23rd Daily Reflection”

When the Big “I” Becomes Nobody – Grapevine Article Sept 1965 By Dr. Harry Tiebout, MD

“And there was Dr. Harry Tiebout, our first friend of psychiatry, who very early began to use AA concepts in his own practice…” Bill W. in AA Comes of Age THE AA program of help is touched with elements of true inspiration, and in no place is that inspiration more evident than in the selection of itsContinue reading “When the Big “I” Becomes Nobody – Grapevine Article Sept 1965 By Dr. Harry Tiebout, MD”

A Feminine Victory – 1st Edition Big Book Story by Florence R.

 TO MY lot falls the rather doubtful distinction of being the only “lady” alcoholic in our particular section. Perhaps it is because of a desire for a “supporting cast” of my own sex that I am praying for inspiration to tell my story in a manner that may give other women who have this problemContinue reading “A Feminine Victory – 1st Edition Big Book Story by Florence R.”

Traditions – Excerpt From Grapevine Article by Bill W in 1955

When an alcoholic applies the Twelve Steps of our recovery program to his personal life, his disintegration stops and his unification begins. The Power which now holds him together in one piece overcomes those forces which had rent him apart. Exactly the same principle applies to each A.A. group and to Alcoholics Anonymous as aContinue reading “Traditions – Excerpt From Grapevine Article by Bill W in 1955”

To Watch Loneliness Vanish – Meditation #90 As Bill Sees It

Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn’t quite belong. Either we were shy, and dared not draw near others, or we were noisy good fellows constantly craving attention and companionship, butContinue reading “To Watch Loneliness Vanish – Meditation #90 As Bill Sees It”