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The Wording was, of course, Quite Optional

The Wording was, of course, Quite Optional

When I first started drinking, the party was on. I had found the magic elixir, the one thing that made everyone, including me, more interesting and more attractive. It was my first and longest love affair and well, we all know how the story ends. The proverbial doors were closing…

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…

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…