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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…

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…