The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.

How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”

Uncover , Discover and Discard Phase 1 – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book

12 and 12 page 90 (Step 10) It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about “justifiable” anger?Continue reading “Uncover , Discover and Discard Phase 1 – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book”

Instincts Run Wild – As Bill Sees It #282

Every time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably upon others, unhappiness follows. If the pursuit of wealth tramples upon people who happen to be in the way, then anger, jealousy, and revenge are likely to be aroused. If sex runs riot, there is similar uproar. Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection,Continue reading “Instincts Run Wild – As Bill Sees It #282”

Spiritual Axiom – As Bill Sees It #309

It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about “justifiable” anger? If somebody cheats us, aren’t we entitled toContinue reading “Spiritual Axiom – As Bill Sees It #309”

Understanding & Overcoming Self Centered Fear – Practice These Principles By Ray A

Fear, anger, and resentment cause the alcoholic (and probably everyone else) the most trouble. It is for this reason that the Big Book suggests we start our 4th Step inventory by examining these emotions.  Fear and anger are said to be primal, protective emotions. They are considered the twin sides of a fight-or-flight response builtContinue reading “Understanding & Overcoming Self Centered Fear – Practice These Principles By Ray A”

Problems Other Than Alcohol – Bill W 1958

From an article written by A.A. co-founderBill W. in 1958. Therefore, some of the language may be dated, but the issues addressed are prevalent today Perhaps there is no suffering more horrible than drug addiction, especially that kind which is produced by morphine, heroin, and other narcotics. Such drugs twist the mind, and the awfulContinue reading “Problems Other Than Alcohol – Bill W 1958”

Dealing With Resentments – As Bill Sees It #39

Resentment is the Number One offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have also been spiritually ill. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.In dealing with resentments, we set themContinue reading “Dealing With Resentments – As Bill Sees It #39”

How Much Is Enough – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Richard M.

Never enough money, women, cars, things. And never enough as a person either. –Step Ten – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. My sponsor told me the answer to this question. But first, a little background. When I was drinking, I believed I should always have enough aroundContinue reading “How Much Is Enough – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Richard M.”

Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th

There were deep secrets, hidden in my heart, never said for fear others would scoff or sneer. At last I can reveal my sufferings, for the strength I once felt in silence has lost all its power. —Deidra Sarault There is magic in sharing ourselves with someone else. We learn from Steps Four and FiveContinue reading “Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th”

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.”