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by Greywolf
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Ashamed to go back to aa
Replies: 11
Views: 828

Re: Ashamed to go back to aa

Many alcoholics who slip (relapse) try to pick up where they left off. The problem with that is they left off drinking. We used to have a few slogans posted on the walls of the rooms and occasionally the discussions were about those slogans and how they applied to sobriety. "First Things First" was ...
by Greywolf
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Such Unfortunates
Replies: 42
Views: 3910

Re: Such Unfortunates

I have read the BB cover to cover several times including studying for the steps with my sponsor and in a BB study at my home group. I don't find any of it inspirational or comforting. "Inspirational or comforting" Me neither. If you have clinical depression as I do, at times you may not find anyth...
by Greywolf
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is the BB the only AA way?
Replies: 25
Views: 2432

Re: Is the BB the only AA way?

On your first visit tell him about the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. If he shows interest, lend him your copy of this book. (Page 94 of the Big Book.) This comment raised a questions. Is there anyone who hasn't been to treatment before AA these days? Personally I and the other AAer responding...
by Greywolf
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is the BB the only AA way?
Replies: 25
Views: 2432

Re: Is the BB the only AA way?

The title page states "The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism" It was after our Founders took a Body Count and realized there were 40 of these low-bottom alkies still alive in 1937 they decided to write the book, published in 1939. But the end of '39, we numbered ...
by Greywolf
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is the BB the only AA way?
Replies: 25
Views: 2432

Is the BB the only AA way?

In an earlier post regarding rehab locations Jojo2 posted the following: "Our basic text, the Big Book, tells The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism ." This calls up and interesting question. How did these many thousands get sober and recover from alcoholism ...
by Greywolf
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: In what ways has the Fellowship of AA changed
Replies: 23
Views: 4100

Re: In what ways has the Fellowship of AA changed

Changed from sharing Experience, Strength and Hope to quoting Bill W. out of the BB. Changed from The Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous to AA being spoken of as when I came to "this program". IMO The biggest change since I came in is the steps being used as so-called tools instead of steps taken as...
by Greywolf
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 10683

Re: God/Higher Power

[/quote] And yet here I am, sober. And thousands more atheists and agnostics with no "god", still sober through AA. Either that means (1) us agnostics are all doomed to fail, or (2) that the Big Book was written by one guy with three years sobriety who thought God was his answer, and maybe we should...
by Greywolf
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Character defect - Money management
Replies: 11
Views: 2035

Re: Character defect - Money management

From the very beginning I have gone to AA for the experience, strength and hope of AA members in achieving sobriety. Along the way I heard stories about alcoholics success with finance and romance. When I want help with finance and romance I seek professional help. Lighten up on yourself. And get so...
by Greywolf
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: New Slogans
Replies: 48
Views: 8622

Re: New Slogans

"Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree." The above is what Bill says on page 92 of the big book, I say we tweak it a bit and add If we don't take a drink, we won't get drunk. Most alcoholics have a life time of knowing what happens when they start to drink. Alcoholics h...
by Greywolf
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: New Slogans
Replies: 48
Views: 8622

Re: New Slogans

I kind of like the Slogan, "Don't analyze, Utilize." Does it really matter if someone who stops drinking and recovers believes that alcoholism is an allergy, an obsession issue or a craving issue. Isn't the important matter sobriety and recovery from the disease? Knowledge of alcoholism was historic...
by Greywolf
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Do Open Meetings Vary By City / Country?
Replies: 8
Views: 1882

Re: Do Open Meetings Vary By City / Country?

AA got it's start with alcoholics returning home after getting sober mostly in Akron and carrying the message that sobriety was possible for alcoholics who wanted to get sober. Carrying the message was believed to be essential to achieving ones own sobriety in the days before the BB was widely distr...
by Greywolf
Wed May 01, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Hardline Approach
Replies: 30
Views: 8282

Re: The Hardline Approach

On Saturday in another thread you picked on something I said and commented - “Contrary to some opinion the purpose of AA is to stop drinking and stay sober...” People coming here expect the Purpose of AA to be as is expressed in official AA literature and not the personal opinions of individuals --...
by Greywolf
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Hardline Approach
Replies: 30
Views: 8282

Re: The Hardline Approach

In 19xx I was trying to find my way in AA, and at every meeting there was this tough old American... Now I have nothing against Americans, and find them as friendly and decent as any other race,
Americans are not a "race."
by Greywolf
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Hardline Approach
Replies: 30
Views: 8282

Re: The Hardline Approach

D'oh wrote: Exactly! Every "Successful 12th Step" I have made has started with the 3rd Step Prayer.
I am 100% successful in all my 12th Step work. =surprised Of course the people I've 12 stepped aren't quite so fortunate. =wink =wink
Sometimes I take myself a little too darn seriously.
by Greywolf
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: struggling to get back in the lifeboat
Replies: 10
Views: 3477

Re: struggling to get back in the lifeboat

Hi, all. Knowing what to do is not helping me do what I need to. I am 58, lifetime drinker, first got sober around 2001, managed about 8 years at one point, and fell off a couple of years ago. Dual diagnosis (depression). I live alone and have tremendous difficulty with isolation and a powerful int...