Archive | December 2012

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    “When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking […]


Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity? Selfishness – self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly […]

“But for the Grace of God”

These words are often in the mouth of alcoholics and are used to acknowledge that we cannot be healed from this disease through any power of our own. Grace is a gift we receive from God, as we understand Him, which we receive through no actions on our part but out of pure love. This […]

Christmas gift

During the holidays, depression; anxiety and the thought of escape through  drinking can rear its ugly head. Stick close to your home group, some A.A. groups have what is called an Alkathon. Their Meeting Halls remain open 24 hours for anyone in need of a meeting. How do you get through the holidays sober?  By remembering you  have received […]

Let Go and Let God

The Anxieties that Accompany Many Problems Besides Drinking Often Respond to Handling the AA Way Volume 21 Issue 6 November 1964 “I’ve turned the problem of alcohol over to the Higher Power, but I have trouble in many other things. How do we go about turning our whole lives over?  This subject has come up […]

Tips for preventing the holiday blues, staying sober

Courtesy of Hazelden.   Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the […]

The Twelve Symptoms of My Alcoholism

  How can we really define and diagnose alcoholism? It isn’t always easy.  As far back as 1938, the AA pioneers had trouble defining an alcoholic as they formed what is now the General Service Board.  The simple definition, “a sick person who couldn’t drink at all,” didn’t work for legal purposes.  So they gave […]