The Individual in Relation to AA as a Group

“That is why we all judge the newcomer less and less. If alcohol is an uncontrollable problem to him and he wishes to do something about it, that is enough for us. We care not whether his case is sever or light, whether his morals are good or bad, whether he has other complications or not. Our AA door stands …

Is Happiness the Goal?

“I don’t think happiness or unhappiness is the point. How do we meet the problems we face? How do we best learn from them and transmit what we have learned to others, if they would receive the knowledge? “In my view, we of this world are pupils in a great school of life. It is intended that we try to …

To Deepen Our Insight

“It is necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can. Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying and valuable reward than this one. …

Great Good Fortune

“Yet the history of uncontrolled drinking shows that fear alone has chastened but few alcoholics. Much more than fear is needed to bind us anarchists together. Several years ago, speaking at Baltimore, I ran on at a great rate about the terrible sufferings we alcoholics have endured. My talk must have had a strong flavor of self-pity and exhibitionism. I …

Stories of the Fifth Tradition

“The fifth tradition is to the group what the Twelfth Step is to the individual. Many stories have been handed down through the years, and certainly there are different variations of the same story. A longtime member shared this story: “We always went in twos when making a Twelve Step call. This particular day nobody was available to go except …

Seeing is Believing

“The Wright brothers’ almost childish faith that they could build a machine which would fly was the mainspring of their accomplishment. Without that, nothing could have happened. “We agnostics and atheists were sticking to the idea that self-sufficiency would solve our problems. When others showed us that God-sufficiency worked with them, we began to feel like those who had insisted …

His Conscience

“There wasn’t any use of taking another drink; even that didn’t help. Then across my mind came the picture of my drinking friend whom I had met three years before- clear-eyed and sober. Then and there I decided to try AA. I put the bottle away. “Next morning, I made my first contact with A.A. I was asked some questions, …

Only God Is Unchanging

“Change is the characteristic of all growth. From drinking to sobriety, from dishonesty to honesty, from conflict to serenity, from hate to love, from childish dependence to adult responsibility- all this and infinitely more represent change for the better. “Such changes are accomplished by a belief in and a practice of sound principles. Here we must needs discard bad or …

Our Problem Centers In The Mind

“We know that as long as the alcoholic keeps away from drink, he usually reacts like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, in the both the bodily and the mental sense which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic for the follow!c …

Do As I Do…

“Perhaps more often than we think, we make no contact at depth with alcoholics who are suffering the dilemma of no faith. “Certainly none are more sensitive to spiritual cocksureness, pride, and aggression than they are. I’m sure this is something we too often forget. “In A.A.’s first years, I all but ruined the whole undertaking with this sort of …