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Powerlessness and Other Stuff

Powerlessness and Other Stuff

Could a real alcoholic who had just consumed six drinks refuse the next one if a gun was held to his head, and he was told it would be used, if he reached for drink number seven…

Sobriety, Social Integration, and Dissent

Sobriety, Social Integration, and Dissent

The novelist E.L. Doctorow said that for him writing a book was like driving at night with the headlights on – he could only see a short distance ahead, but he could make the whole trip that way…

Peeling the Onion

Peeling the Onion

Consider the onion as a metaphor, how does it apply to alcohol and addiction? Onions, like people come in all sizes and colors. An onion is usually round – a circle denoting wholeness but must be peeled to find the gold inside…

Eight Principles of AA

Eight Principles of AA

The 12 steps have helped many people in AA. They seem to work particularly well for people that need, or want to be told what to do, and for people of a religious inclination. Others in AA find them less helpful and rely instead on the fellowship. Either way, there…

AA Incorporated

AA Incorporated

The year 1937 dawned with much promise for two fallen bigshots, Bill Wilson and Hank Parkhurst. Bill was 25 months sober, and his abstinence from alcohol had been supplying some small opportunities to re-enter the working world…

AA and What Really Works

AA and What Really Works

This is the third in a series of articles that life-j wrote for publication by the Grapevine. The first in the series “The Thing About AA” was published on August 4, 2019, and the second in the series was “Does Everyone Need a Higher Power”, published on September 1…

Our Perfectly Imperfect AA Founder

Our Perfectly Imperfect AA Founder

This spirituality–the spirituality of imperfection–is thousands of years old. And yet it is timeless, eternal, and ongoing, for it is concerned with what in the human being is irrevocable and immutable, the essential imperfection, the basic and inherent flaws of humans…

A Vegan in a Steakhouse

A Vegan in a Steakhouse

I started drinking again in 2016 and by March of 2019 I could no longer pretend that I had the slightest bit of control over it. The situation had to be addressed…

Does Everyone Need a Higher Power?

Does Everyone Need a Higher Power?

With the Grapevine book “One Big Tent” AA has finally given recognition to something tens of thousands of us in AA have known for a long time: It is entirely possible to stay sober, live a good healthy sober life in AA without any god or higher power…

Isolation, “I-Thou” and Addiction Recovery

Isolation, “I-Thou” and Addiction Recovery

Human beings have evolved with inherent needs for physical, psychological, emotional, social, and many would suggest, spiritual connection…