The Dry Drunk Waltz – Grapevine Article by Julie H.

She learned the dance of anger, frustration, and denial from her father, but replaced it with the sweeter music of AA It wasn’t till my father threw my mother’s mother across the kitchen and broke her arm that he was forced to stop drinking. He had grown up with a very drunk and abusive fatherContinue reading “The Dry Drunk Waltz – Grapevine Article by Julie H.”

Bill’s New Friend – Big Book pages 13, 14

At the hospital I was separated from alcohol for the last time. Treatment seemed wise, for I showed signs of delirium tremens. There I humbly offered myself to God, as I then understood Him, to do with me as He would. I placed myself unreservedly under His care and direction. I admitted for the firstContinue reading “Bill’s New Friend – Big Book pages 13, 14”

Willingness Is The Key – As Bill Sees It #122

No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can he turn hisown will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinksthere is? A beginning, even the smallest, is all that is needed. Once we haveplaced the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever soslightlyContinue reading “Willingness Is The Key – As Bill Sees It #122”

A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. In Western Massachusetts we have the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions on display and that’s what I saw at my first meeting. I was disgusted.Continue reading “A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.”

What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.

I can remember the first time I read the following sentence from chapter five of the Big Book: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” I was sitting at a Big Book meeting, only a few months into the program, still pretty shaky and confused. But those words gave me a feeling of releaseContinue reading “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.”

The Road To Open-mindedness – Grapevine Article January 1993 by Anonymous

Our local group had a great meeting the other day about open-mindedness. It got me thinking about the last few years of my drinking. My life experience had led me to the closed-minded conclusion that God existed all right, but that God was a sick and twisted universal mind. In reality, drinking had sickened andContinue reading “The Road To Open-mindedness – Grapevine Article January 1993 by Anonymous”

I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.

A long-time African-American member tells his story and encourages others to get involved beyond the group I grew up in a segregated part of St. Louis, Missouri. I was one of the students who participated in the forced integration of schools. I went to integrated schools from the sixth grade through college. In many ofContinue reading “I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.”

Facing Up to the Downs – Grapevine Article February 1984 By L.C.

A MONTH AGO, my life got turned upside down. While finishing a hard day’s work outside with my husband, I lost my footing, falling down an incline, badly breaking my ankle, and tearing ligaments in the process. In an instant, I went from a gal who was on the go eighteen hours a day toContinue reading “Facing Up to the Downs – Grapevine Article February 1984 By L.C.”

Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’

Dec 2006 – Whose Marriage Is It Anyway A rocky relationship in recovery I know what it is like to be a total failure as a father. On a cool November evening, I sat on a bench in a park near my house, trying to decide whether I wanted to live or die. My sixteen-year-oldContinue reading “Mashup – Two Grapevine Articles From Same Author Charles H … Dec 2006 and Feb 2020 … 3rd step & the ‘we’”