From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S

She couldn’t believe that she was actually an alcoholic until the night after her first meeting Although I didn’t start drinking until I was in college, my alcoholic mind was developing from the moment I was born. That I had an alcoholic mind in my teenage years was evident from the poetry I was writingContinue reading “From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S”

Surrender & Emotional Sobriety – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger

*Extracted from various chapters of 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety. These extracts were based upon the book quotations and supporting materials when searching on ’surrender’ What Is The Relationship Between Surrender & Emotional Sobriety Bill W struggled with depression for most of his life. He took on his depression in recovery. For the firstContinue reading “Surrender & Emotional Sobriety – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety – Dr. Allen Berger”

Reaching For Humility – As Bill Sees It #211

We saw we needn’t always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ “We first reach for a little humility, knowing that we shall perish of alcoholism if we do not. After a time, though we may stillContinue reading “Reaching For Humility – As Bill Sees It #211”

Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43

“I went to my hotel and leisurely dressed for dinner. As I crossed the threshold of the dining room, the thought came to mind that it would be nice to have a couple of cocktails with dinner. That was all. Nothing more. I ordered a cocktail and my meal. Then I ordered another cocktail. AfterContinue reading “Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43”

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.”

To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188

In our belief, any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes wholly to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to doContinue reading “To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188”

Confessions Of a Reluctant Newcomer – Grapevine Article March 2003 by W.B.

He didn’t know that AA was not a spectator sport Newcomers, God love ’em, can’t be beaten with a stick. They stand up at speakers’ meetings and talk for six minutes or for fifty-six; they’re live-wires or numb as rocks; egomaniacs (like me) or doormats. They’re the lifeblood of the program; the pigeons who carryContinue reading “Confessions Of a Reluctant Newcomer – Grapevine Article March 2003 by W.B.”

What’s Our Problem: Lack Of Power- Practice These Principles – Ray A.

As we start again our journey through the Big Book, it may be good to be reminded why the decision was made to begin the Big Book with the ’Doctor’s Opinion’. The explanation below relates why Bill came to believe it essential that this ‘new idea’ of alcoholism as an incurable, fatal, progressive disease beContinue reading “What’s Our Problem: Lack Of Power- Practice These Principles – Ray A.”

Step 1 Surrender & Humility – Practice These Principles By Ray A.

The admission of powerlessness is a distinctly AA way of practicing certain spiritual principles that are key to recovery. Chief among these are the discipline of surrender and the virtue of humility. We have characterized these two principles as being foundational to the entire program, underlying all the Steps and extending through all stages ofContinue reading “Step 1 Surrender & Humility – Practice These Principles By Ray A.”

Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.

Chains of bitterness toward his mother are shattered through forgiveness Returning from school, halfway down the hall leading to my apartment, I smelled the familiar mixed odors of smoke and booze. With dread in my heart, I knew what I was about to face: my drunken mother in her messy housecoat, sitting on a chairContinue reading “Legacy Of Resentment – Grapevine Article December 2010 by Tom L.”