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The Tao of H. O. W.

The Tao of H. O. W.

Hunting for a solution to the addiction problem often exemplifies the comical but frustrating human tendency known to psychologists as the streetlight effect. The streetlight effect gets its name from a joke about a drunk vainly looking for his car keys under a streetlight because that was where the light…

Lordy! Lordy! Lordy!!!

Lordy! Lordy! Lordy!!!

Any proposal to modify ANYTHING about Alcoholics Anonymous, even in the slightest of ways, tends to be greeted with chants of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…

The Thing About AA…

The Thing About AA…

This is the first of five articles that life-j wrote and submitted to the Grapevine, but were never published. We will post the articles here once a month for the next five months. Today in “The Thing About AA…” life-j takes a look at what really works in…

My Old Big Book

My Old Big Book

It’s the day after my 31st sobriety anniversary, and feeling somewhat sentimental, I pull my old Big Book down from the shelf where it’s remained unread for years. It’s a third edition, paperback, dark blue with the words “Alcoholics Anonymous” discretely embedded in the cover…

Learning-to-Fit-Into-Myself

Learning-to-Fit-Into-Myself

I’ve been in recovery since December 15, 2014. I haven’t been sober the entire time, but do mention I’ve been in recovery since then and this seems to upset many hardcore, old school members of various programs…

New Thought and AA

New Thought and AA

The most obvious connecting link between Alcoholics Anonymous and the New Thought movement comes through William James who “had found answers to his own depression and doubts about his self-worth from… New Thought teachings, which he termed ‘mind-cure’… While New Thought organizations never became very large, their ideas…

Why Did I Drink; Does it Matter?

Why Did I Drink; Does it Matter?

I do not know why I drank; I do not know why I drank to excess. Drinking changed my relationships, threatened my livelihood and just made me look stupid. I did not always think so…

About Sponsorship in AA

About Sponsorship in AA

As a newcomer, I felt as if I was under constant pressure to get a sponsor. During meetings people often shared tidbits of wisdom bestowed upon them from their sponsors. Some claimed you couldn’t work the program without one, while others described drill sergeant sponsors who straightened them out…

Dr. Benjamin Rush

Dr. Benjamin Rush

“Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was the first member of the (American) medical community to write about alcoholism and suggest it might be an illness… a ‘disease process’”. (The Roundtable of AA History, Silkworth.net) This was fully one hundred years before the…

A Letter to My Sponsor

A Letter to My Sponsor

You came into my life at a time when I most needed someone to help guide me through the AA program. Your words helped calm my fears as I started out in my sobriety and gave me strength to stand in my own truth. I have valued you as a…