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Save for a few brief moments of temptation the thought of drink has never returned; and at such times a great revulsion has risen up in him. Seemingly he could not drink even if he would. God had restored his sanity. — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 57 The word “God” was frightening to me when I […]

Russell Brand

Pragmatism, Altruism, and Compassion” – Russell giving evidence to the House of Commons on Drugs policy



    A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress.   — AS BILL SEES IT, p. 35 Upon entering A.A. I listened to others talk about the reality of their drinking: loneliness, terror and pain. As I listened […]

The Original Six Steps

In the early days of AA the fellowship operated under a loose set of spiritual principles borrowing heavily from the ideas of The Oxford Group.   There was no single way of “doing AA.” Some people favored a plan focused on living “One Day at a Time” others were focused on prayer and “quiet time.” […]

Step Two: Excerpt from The Little Red Book

Step Two: Came to believe that a Power Greater than Ourselves could restore us to sanity. Step Two deals with mental illness. For, “However intelligent we may have been in other respects, wherever alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It’s strong language, but isn’t it true?” No alcoholic acts sanely while drinking. […]