Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.

“HELLO, Pal.”“Hello, Buddy!”“Have a drink?”“Got one!”“Come over on the next stool I’m lonesome. Hell of a world.” “You said it, brother, – hell of a world.”“You taking rye? Mine’s gin. God, I’m up against it now!” “How’s ‘at?”“Oh, same old hell-hell-hell. She’s going to leave me now!” “Your wife?”“Yeah. How am I going to live?Continue reading “Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.”

Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)

By Wayne S. Includes excerpts and text edited from:  AA Twelve and Twelve – 11th Step, miscellaneous excerpts from various sessions from the app Waking Up by Sam Harris, Tracy Cochran blogpost Giving is Receiving The Get Up, Get Out, Get Sober (GUGOGS) meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous devotes the meeting on the third Sunday of each month toContinue reading “Meditation Meeting, Feb. 21st 2021 –Introduction to Meditation, (Revised)”

Love – Grapevine Article March 1980 by C.H.

In AA, love is our glue WHEN I FIRST came to AA, I didn’t know how to love. I still don’t. All I know is that what I am doing feels pretty good. Externally, the evidence is there; internally, I am not sure whether I am feeling the way the songwriters and Hollywood say IContinue reading “Love – Grapevine Article March 1980 by C.H.”

In the Spirit – Not the Letter of Alcoholics Anonymous -Grapevine Article by Laurie A. January 2007

Love, not worship, for the Big Book My friends (and enemies) had diagnosed the problem–I could not drink without getting drunk. They weren’t telling me anything I didn’t know. And they offered no solution except, “Just don’t drink,” or, “Stop when you’ve had enough.” If I could have done that, I would have. I’d triedContinue reading “In the Spirit – Not the Letter of Alcoholics Anonymous -Grapevine Article by Laurie A. January 2007”

Avoiding Pride & Despair – Twelve & Twelve (Step 12)

Page 112 – Step 12Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when theContinue reading “Avoiding Pride & Despair – Twelve & Twelve (Step 12)”

Unlocking the Group Conscience – Grapevine Article February 1992 by Toni F.

I have often heard it said that all you need to start a new AA group is a resentment and a coffeepot. Resentments had kept me drunk for many years, and in 1987 I was literally dying from alcohol and drug addiction, fueled by resentments. I sobered up at a group close to my home.Continue reading “Unlocking the Group Conscience – Grapevine Article February 1992 by Toni F.”

No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S

With a sponsor’s tough love and unconditional acceptance, he finished his Fifth Step and got back into life At the meeting, he would sit facing the door. The vigil of a lonely man, I came to think of it as. The kind of vigil I used to maintain on a barstool, hoping for the rightContinue reading “No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S”

Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.

MANY YEARS ago, when I was trying to integrate constant social drinking with happy personal relationships, this futile endeavor led me to consult a psychologist (who, I see in retrospect, was an outstanding therapist) and to take what he called a “course.” He did not diagnose me as alcoholic; but he did, after the firstContinue reading “Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.”

Willingness to Grow – Grapevine Article July 1985 by S.M.

Working the Steps “LACK OF POWER, that was our dilemma.” “Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.” When I wasContinue reading “Willingness to Grow – Grapevine Article July 1985 by S.M.”

Reach Out and Touch Someone – Grapevine Article by Bob P August 1995

Separated by many miles, these AAs had a three-way meeting over the telephone I was nervous. I had been to nearly two thousand Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but this was going to be one of the most unusual. It would be small; there were only three of us. I’d known Chuck for years, but I’d onlyContinue reading “Reach Out and Touch Someone – Grapevine Article by Bob P August 1995”