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The Big Book Study Movement is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland.

Page 12 of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE: A SERVICE HANDBOOK FOR IRELAND Published by AA General Service Conference of Ireland states: "The Big Book... Read more »

The Big Book’s Answer to Relapse Prevention

Our Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous promises us that "When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically." Imagine three layers. The... Read more »

Relapse was unthinkable…How did it happened?

Having worked with alcoholics and addicts from all over the world, the reasons for relapse amongst those with sobriety time seems to always point to... Read more »

AA Myths: The Myth that Bill wished he could have changed “rarely” to “never.”

A rumor has persisted for years in the fellowship of AA that Bill wished he could have changed "rarely" to "never." This is a myth.... Read more »

A.A. Myths: The Myth of “Don’t make any major decisions for the first year in recovery”

I hear this advice being given to the newcomer all the time. In most cases, if they be real alcoholics or addicts, they die with... Read more »

What is the history behind AA’s Responsibility Statement?

The Responsibility Statement reads: "I am Responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And... Read more »

The history behind reading The Lord’s Prayer at 12 Step meetings

It is mentioned in Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers that the prayer was used from the very beginning in the Fellowship, at least as... Read more »

Twelve Step Sponsorship…Its Opportunities and Its Responsibilities.

If you are looking to become a sponsor please review the following information so you can get a clear understanding of role in the sponsor/sponsee... Read more »

Step Five and the properly appointed authority

Step Five suggest that we, "...go to the properly appointed authority whose duty it is to receive it...We often find such a person quick to... Read more »

Sponsorship: A Dying Art… Chicago Group Suggests A Revival Is Overdue

A.A. Grapevine, February 1953 Vol. 9 No. 9 (Editor's Note: From the Metropolitan Rotating Committee the following "Message of Sponsorship" has been received. Issued as... Read more »

Sponsorship…Lessons from the Old-timers

A.A Grapevine, May 1950 Vol. 6 No. 12 & June 1950 Vol. 7 No. 1 The Chairman tackles a tough question THE chairman had just... Read more »

On Simplicity, of Faith, of Living, of Outlook

AA Grapevine, October 1944, Vol. 1 No. 5 Editorial: The A.A. program itself is simple. Why do too many of us try to read complexities... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimes…On the Twelveth Step…

A.A. Grapevine, October 1945, Vol. 2 No. 5 Editorial: On the 12th Step . . . "Having had a spiritual experience as the result of... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimes…On the Eleventh Step…

A.A. Grapevine, September 1945, Vol. 2 No. 4 Editorial: On the 11th Step. . . "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…on the Tenth Step…

A.A. Grapevine, August 1945 Vol. 2 No. 3 Editorial: On the 10th Step... "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Nineth Step

A.A. Grapevine, July 1945, Vol. 2 No. 2 Editorial: On the 9th Step... "Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Seventh Step

A.A. Grapevine, May 1945, Vol. 1 No. 12 Editorial: On the 7th Step "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings." We all know that it... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Sixth Step

A.A. Grapevine, April 1945, Vol. 1 No. 11 Editorial: On the 6th Step "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Fifth Step

A.A. Grapevine, March 1945. Vol. 1 No. 10 Editorial: On the Fifth Step Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Fourth Step

A.A. Grapevine, February 1945. Vol. 1 No. 9 Editorial: On the Fourth Step "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves." Since I cannot... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Third Step

A.A. Grapevine, January 1945. Vol. 1 No. 8 Editorial: On the Third Step "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Second Step

A.A. Grapevine, December 1944 Vol. 1 No. 7 Editorial: On the Second Step Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us... Read more »

A.A. Oldtimers…On the First Step

A.A. Grapevine, November 1944, Vol. 1 No. 6 Editorial: On the First Step "We admitted we were powerless over alcoholism - that our lives had... Read more »

Beware these ‘recovery logs’ for they lack the necessary power to recover.

Addicts are like drowning men and women. If we don't find some way of keeping our heads above water, we are going to drown and... Read more »

The Myth of A.A. Identification: The Jay-Walker Story, A Case for Using the Big Book for Any and All Addictions

Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. There's a well known saying in A.A. that "only an alcoholic... Read more »

Recovered versus Recovering — What’s your position?

Here is a letter published in the AA Grapevine, December 1999, Vol. 56 No. 7 from an AA member who expressed confusion over the phrases... Read more »

Do We Make Too Much of Anniversaries?

AA Grapevine, May 1949, Vol. 5 No. 12 They Can Boomerang--and Often Do CELEBRATING anniversaries is an old American custom and no one should be... Read more »

Newcomers: Watch out for the Time-Bullies!

Don't let anyone talk you out of your miracle. By the 1980's, working the 12 Step Program had been replaced by a "Meeting Makers Make... Read more »

How FAST should the newcomer be taken through the Twelve Steps?

One of the key concepts of A.A. in the 1940's: Get the newcomer to Step Twelve as quickly as possible, so he or she can... Read more »

A Prescription for Sobriety

A.A. Grapevine, June 1945, Vol. 2 No. 1 (A.A. Grapevine Editor's Note: In the opinion of the staff, the importance of the following interview lies... Read more »

This is a selfish program

I other day I was at a meeting when I heard someone say, "I not working with anyone. I need to work on me. I... Read more »

Taking Inventory – A.A. Grapevine, January 1955, Vol. 11 No. 8

WHEN I first began to hear people in AA talking about character defects I presumed I possibly had one or two. I knew definitely that... Read more »

Yesterday I lost the battle, and Today I relapsed, and Tomorrow I will again use again, and again…

If anyone can fight the battles of just one day then why are so many in our fellowship losing the battle daily? Poetry, slogans, clapping... Read more »

Format for Eleventh Step Guidance Meeting

Suggestions and Guidelines Introduction Eleventh Step Guidance Meetings are for "anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life." They are NOT Open Discussion... Read more »


Published in the July 2008 BETTER TIMES, a monthly newsletter for AA Members in The Greater Toronto Area. Myth 1: 90 meetings in 90 days.... Read more »

AA Sponsorship Styles

In the 1940's, the A.A. Beginners' Meetings 's provided a safe and structured environment where newcomers TOOK all Twelve Steps and recovered from alcoholism, as... Read more »

Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Editor's Note: Our format quotes extensively from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (4th Edition), our basic text for recovery. Our notes, commentary, and gender-neutral... Read more »

What was early A.A. was really like?

You won't learn this in A.A.'s basic text today or in our meetings. But the simplicity of early A.A. will really astound you! And we... Read more »

Newcomers, How do you read your Big Book?

WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To... Read more »

The Care and Nuture of the Trusted Servant

by Rob. I., Toronto, ON Very early on in my sobriety and membership in CA I was asked to assume a trusted service role on... Read more »

Property and Prestige

By Hal K., Houston TX In the spirit of the Traditions and the direction of the Concepts of World Service, it appears that many of... Read more »

Is it OK to use non-conference approved literature in meetings?

Question: My group sometimes reads from The Original Manuscript of The Big Book because many of us favor the more forceful language it uses. Some... Read more »

Tradition Four: Group Autonomy OR Intergroup/Area Tyranny?

Tradition Four (Short): Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole. Tradition Four (Long): With respect to... Read more »

Surrender by Tom P. Jr.

The following article is condensed from a transcript of a March 6, 2008 Training meeting of the Upstate Group. These meetings cover a wide range... Read more »

‘Get Honest With Yourself, Pray,’ Alcoholics Anonymous Advise

Reprinted from The Tidings: Friday, March 26, 1948, page 17 Los Angeles -- "It takes cultivation of a habit of prayer and development of a... Read more »

Open Discussion? Open Disgusting!

Either way to the "REAL" alcoholic or addict this kind of meeting means "OD"! When A.A. was very successful, that is 50% - 75% recovery... Read more »

A.A.’s “Prince of All Twelfth-Steppers” — Dr. Bob

By Dick B. © 2008 by Anonymous. All rights reserved What Is Our Real Purpose? Is A.A. a religion? Is it a medical treatment program?... Read more »

“Here are the steps we took” by Clarence Snyder

It was Dr. Bob Smith who sponsored Clarence Snyder into this simple program. Clarence repeated this approach with other alcoholics in Cleveland where he achieved... Read more »

Studying the Steps is not the same as taking the Steps!

Beginners' Meetings were held throughout the U.S. and Canada during a period of time when A.A. witnessed 50-75 percent recovery rates from alcoholism. Newcomers quickly... Read more »

Stinkin’ Thinkin’

How many times have you heard in the meeting rooms these "suggestions" or slogans: "Think through the drink" "Remember When" "Remember your last drunk" "Think,... Read more »

Working with Others – Sponsorship or Co-dependency?

How often have we heard alcoholics and addicts share at meetings: "My Sponsor told me to call him everyday for a year!" My Sponsor told... Read more »

How The Activity of Fundraising Conflicts with Tradition

Fundraising conflicts with the AA General Service Board's expressed and adopted definition of the phrase "fully self-supporting" from Tradition Seven, which states, "all expenses are... Read more »

Tradition Two: The Principle of Rotation

(Short Form) "For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority--a loving god as he may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders... Read more »

Tradition Two: Group Conscience or Mob Rule?

(Short form) "For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority--a loving god as he may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders... Read more »

How do you take your recovery — Conversion, Meetings, or Treatment?

Currently, recovery from addiction breaks into three distinct camps: Conversion Experience: Working one-on-one, recovered addicts take the newcomer through the 12 Steps as instructed in... Read more »

Tradition One: A Pathway to Unity

(Short Form) Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity. (Long Form) Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small... Read more »

The Twelve Traditions — Short Form

We alcoholics must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone. The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s... Read more »

The Principle of Anonymity – Some thoughts from the A.A. oldtimers

In the Forward to the First Edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it states: "It is important that we remain anonymous because we... Read more »

Essentials of Recovery

Although it is not part of the original 1939 Big Book solution, the following excerpt does make its appearance in the 2nd edition of the... Read more »

Addict Identification or Group Discrimination?

On page xxviii, A.A. 4th Edition, in the Chapter, "The Doctor's Opinion", it reads, "Men and women drink (use, act out in an obsessive-compulsive manner)... Read more »

Open “Disgusting” Meetings

On page 86 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous it says, But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid... Read more »

Working with Others

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This... Read more »

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