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Monthly articles on recovery and fellowship written by members of A.A. in San Francisco and Marin.


September 1, 2019 by The Point
 by Jerry L. Hi, my name is Jerry. My sobriety date is July 25, 1998. I drank and used drugs for 20 years before getting sober. For my personal life, I came to San Francisco from Seattle, Washington in 2001 for a visit and to see the sights. I had been clean and sober for … Continue reading Jerry’s Story

September 1, 2019 by The Point
Hyper-Local — For September we start with a classic formula from Jerry, who arrived in San Francisco in 2001—he tells what happened. Kathleen C. describes motherhood by the 101 freeway while “dry as a bone.” Jackie V. has a different take with Babies in Recovery in La Mission. North of the Golden Gate, John W. … Continue reading From the editor

September 1, 2019 by The Point
by Kathleen C. I thought of myself as a good mother: Didn’t I stop drinking while I was pregnant with my twin daughters? I didn’t even take any drugs when I gave birth. I didn’t have a program, I was dry as a bone, and my feelings bubbled up into rage and tears, but I … Continue reading Lost and Found

September 1, 2019 by The Point
by Jackie V. Alcoholism is like a colicky baby. If your life is like a bunch of spit-up, it’s telling you there’s work to do to get the burp up. There is a bunch of stuff to avoid and even more you could do everyday, or else your life will be as unmanageable as a … Continue reading Babies in Recovery

September 1, 2019 by The Point
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September 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. When I first heard people talk about humility and Step 9 I was annoyed at their seeming haughtiness. Later I had more reverence for the humility they appeared to be espousing. By working the steps with my sponsor, I now had a few sober days in my wake. However, I was no … Continue reading Step 9: Don’t Be Discouraged

September 1, 2019 by The Point
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September 1, 2019 by The Point
by Rick R. At 9:00 AM I was just waking up with a terrible hangover. For some reason, my brain was telling me I was going to die prematurely if I didn’t do something about my drinking. But what was I supposed to do? The only thing that meant anything to me was earning enough … Continue reading Ending the Nightmare

September 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. Emotionally absent, that’s what I was while either drinking or thinking about drinking. When I got sober there came a time when I wanted to make my 9th Step amends to five daughters. The last part of the amends was to ask if I’d overlooked anything and ask if there was anything … Continue reading My Nude 9th

August 1, 2019 by The Point
by Anonymous When I was a barroom drunk, the lounge was my living room. The only reason that I went to my apartment was to shower and to sleep. Words like humility or ego were never mentioned. As I look back, I realize that the bar was my place of refuge, where I felt safe … Continue reading Pride & Humility

August 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. I started drinking in 8th grade; I was 12. I’d sneak down and drink all the left-over cocktails after my parent’s parties. My high school A’s and B’s went to B’s and C’s and a few D’s when I started smoking pot. After my high school graduation, I was smack dab into … Continue reading Christina’s Way

August 1, 2019 by The Point
by Kathleen C. There are a lot of Buddhists in San Francisco and Marin A.A. A lot. Many of my favorite people. Old-timers, paragons of service, pillars of the A.A. community. Yet it gives me a twinge when I hear someone in a meeting quote their favorite Buddhist teacher or promote principles or tenets of … Continue reading Is Buddhism OK in A.A.?

August 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. When I first got sober and worked the steps, I completed a thorough Step Eight (to the best of my ability at the time, which my sponsor had approved). I saved the experience in my spiritual tool kit for the days to follow. Step Ten of course kept me on track as … Continue reading All the Steps a Stage

August 1, 2019 by The Point
by Rick R. As we approach Step Eight in the 12 & 12 (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions), it describes the A.A.  journey as a “moving and fascinating adventure” (Page 77). In Step Nine we start the process of making amends, and by then we realize that the promises are already starting to materialize. It … Continue reading Fascinating Adventure

August 1, 2019 by The Point
by Robert S. It wasn’t always easy to be completely honest about all the persons and businesses I had harmed.  For many years I blocked out most of these painful memories. How I disgraced my well-respected father, mother, sister and family in general with my frequent public intoxication notices in the local newspaper. There was … Continue reading Step 8: Into Action

August 1, 2019 by The Point
Individual contributions to Central Office were made through July 15, 2019 honoring the following members:

August 1, 2019 by The Point
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July 1, 2019 by The Point
by Kathleen C. As a teenager I was proud of having a bad attitude, of being a rebel. My opinion was that I was right, and anyone who told me what to do was wrong. Drinking was part of my rebellion. I went to Catholic school and we had lots of rules, written and unwritten. … Continue reading Rebellious Attitude

July 1, 2019 by The Point
by John A. In early 1976, several members of the gay A.A. community began a conversation geared toward starting a conference for the sober LGBTs here in San Francisco. The fruit of those conversations bore the first LGBT conference later that year, Western Roundup / Living Sober. It was a small event held on the … Continue reading Living Sober 2019: New Freedom and New Happiness

July 1, 2019 by The Point
The Point is a monthly newsletter of articles from SF and Marin members sharing experience, strength and hope they found in A.A. Proud of her bad attitude, Kathleen C. thought anyone who told her what to do was wrong in Rebellious Attitude. Ken G. was drinking Pepto Bismol with vodka until Small Nudges to Change … Continue reading From the Editor

July 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. Ken’s father was a convicted murderer, a member of the Hells Angels and a heroin addict who died after serving 15 years in prison for murder. His mother was a Hells Angels old lady, meaning she was the property of her husband, Dingo. Dingo was seen as an Alpha Dog to the … Continue reading Small Nudges to Change: Ken G.’s Story

July 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Something had to change if I was to stay sober. The key to change was my own, personal willingness to go to any length, to want this like my life depended upon it — because it did. I was promised a new freedom and new happiness, a serenity, would be experienced in … Continue reading Humbly Asked (Step 7)

July 1, 2019 by The Point
by Rick R. Early in my first marriage I could easily rationalize all of my alcoholic behaviors. These things meant nothing to me, at the time, but that all changed the day that I became a father. It didn’t change my behavior but it did affect my conscience. From that day forward I felt guilty … Continue reading Breaking the Cycle

July 1, 2019 by The Point
by Carla H. Possibly the most mysterious job in Alcoholics Anonymous, the General Service Representative, is the link/channel/delivery vehicle in human form who shares information from meetings to the broader service structure of A.A. Before I became a GSR, I had no idea what they did. I said yes out of curiosity and because I … Continue reading What is a General Service Rep?

July 1, 2019 by The Point
by Judy G. One of things I love best about A.A. is the slogans. Easy does it. One day at a time. Don’t let the life that A.A.  gives you get in the way of your A.A. life. Another favorite is: Let go and let God. In Step One, we admit we are powerless. In … Continue reading Let Go or Be Dragged

July 1, 2019 by The Point

July 1, 2019 by The Point
Individual contributions to Central Office were made through June 15, 2019 honoring the following members:

July 1, 2019 by The Point
All attendees must be pre-registered (before day of event). Please indicate choice of entree on your check: Poached Salmon with Cream Sauce & Rice, or Breast of Chicken with Cream Mushroom Sauce & Potatoes, or Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian). Entrees will be accompanied with Chef’s Seasonal Vegetables & Rice or Potatoes. Served with Mixed Tossed Green … Continue reading Broads without Booze | Sunday, July 28

July 1, 2019 by The Point
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June 1, 2019 by The Point
44th Annual Western Roundup Living Sober Conference by Maggie R. Hi, I’m Maggie, and I’m an alcoholic. I just celebrated six months of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. I work with a sponsor, I work the steps, I make the coffee at my home group, I say the Third Step Prayer every morning, and I try … Continue reading You Are Welcome Here

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Lynn D. Alcoholics Anonymous was born out of the spirit of service—one alcoholic talking to another. Ebby T., an old drinking buddy of Bill W., visited Bill in his Brooklyn apartment one day in November 1934. Newly sober, Ebby told how he was getting “honest about himself and his defects, how to make restitution … Continue reading Born out of Service

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. My first drug of choice was my thumb. I was a thumb-sucker until the fourth grade. “I always needed something to take the edge off.” I had my first drink at about age 13 at a wrap-up party for the opera Il La Toreador. There was a big anvil scene where the … Continue reading Jackie B.’s Story

June 1, 2019 by The Point
By Rick R. Sometimes the wording used in the Big Book and in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions means something different based on how we evolved with respect to religion, agnosticism, atheism and other concepts. This may be confusing to many of us—especially Step Six in the 12 and 12, as it talks of … Continue reading Step Six: Sometimes You Eat the Bear …

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Chris B. When I was barely 90 days sober, I used to go to coffee with old timers and newcomers after the Saturday Night Owl meeting. The meeting started at 10:00 PM and often went until after midnight at the El Cajon Alano Club on Washington Street. In those days the slogans were plastered … Continue reading Night Owls

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bruce B. Our Biarritz A.A. Convention has been fortunate to feature A.A. speakers with long-time sobriety—since its inception, the average length of sobriety for speakers has been 40 years. Participants come from all over the Anglophone world with enthusiastic support from the USA and the British Isles. An excuse to visit France and share … Continue reading Biarritz A.A. Convention: Resort of the Kings

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Something had to change if I was going to get sober. After making that admission and finally becoming willing to look at change for me, the screen of alcoholic denial having finally been fatally pierced, my miracle occurred. That obsession was lifted and I haven’t had a drink since. That dreadful, horrible, … Continue reading Entirely Ready

June 1, 2019 by The Point
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June 1, 2019 by The Point
Individual contributions to Central Office were made through May 15, 2019 honoring the following members:

May 1, 2019 by The Point
by Jhene C. From about 1989 till 1999, I owned and rode a 650 Honda motorcycle … sporadically. There were long periods of time when I just pushed the bike back and forth across the street to avoid getting a parking ticket. Chalk it up to laziness, financial insecurity or the fact that during that … Continue reading The Not-So-Zen Motorcycle Safety Course

May 1, 2019 by The Point
Belong | There is another meaning for the Hebrew word that in the King James version of the Bible is translated ‘salvation.’ It is: ‘to come home.’ I had found my  ‘salvation.’ I wasn’t alone anymore,” Marty M. once wrote. This month The Point showcases stories about the sense of belonging we find in the rooms. We … Continue reading From the Editor

May 1, 2019 by The Point
by Ken J. Once you’re a pickle you can never go back to being a cucumber.  I’m not a gerkin; more like a jumbo dill … When I was young I watched people, and based on their behaviors I picked out those I wanted to emulate and those I wanted nothing to do with. Based … Continue reading Can’t Afford To Get Jaded

May 1, 2019 by The Point
by Kathleen C. My two sisters and I clung to each other as our mother clung to life in the Intensive Care Unit. Chemotherapy for cancer had thrown her into septic shock. She spiked a high fever, suffered a minor heart attack and was receiving oxygen, transfusions and powerful antibiotics. She was heavily sedated but … Continue reading Surviving the ICU

May 1, 2019 by The Point
by Rick R. Don’t think I’ve ever witnessed an alcoholic that came to Alcoholics Anonymous that loved themselves or that wasn’t riddled with guilt and shame. It’s hard to understand why alcohol affects some people differently than others. I’ve observed members who came from good family environments but ended up on the streets and others … Continue reading The Step 5 Ball & Chain

May 1, 2019 by The Point
by Claire A. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. “My sponsor sold me one idea … Sobriety. At the time, I couldn’t have bought anything else.” This Irishman’s quote takes me back to working with my first sponsor and her use of the word “sober.” … Continue reading Tradition 5: Primary Purpose

May 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Like many others before me, I had heard the mantras: Don’t Drink, Get a Sponsor, Work the Steps—Your Life Will Change. I thought of this change as being of a tangible nature. Things would quiet down at home or in the office (in my case maybe in both places). This financial insecurity … Continue reading More Will Be Revealed

May 1, 2019 by The Point
Faithful Fivers are A.A. members who graciously pledge to contribute at least $5 each month toward the support of Central Office. Faithful Fiver contributions go a long way in helping make our vital services possible.

April 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. I don’t identify as an alcoholic unless I am in a meeting, with a sponsee or doing A.A.-related service. Those are like alcoholic islands in my day. The rest of the time I work to fit in with the rest of the world as a pretend normie. I want to get along … Continue reading The Deal Is: Meetings are Tools

April 1, 2019 by The Point
by Claire A. There is much that resonates with me in this Tradition 4 chapter. Most of all I can relate to the promoter, who ignores the advice from the A.A. Foundation and plows ahead, organizing and promoting and earnestly spearheading a gigantic mess. This is exactly what I would do when I was drinking. … Continue reading Tradition 4 + Rule #62

April 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Cerebral Mr. Spock tells Captain James Kirk, in a story clothed in the fantasy of the future, “Change is the one essential principle of the universe.” Of course, this Vulcan character did not consume alcohol. To one blessed with neither that insight nor that physical constraint, change came hard. This was so … Continue reading Step 4 : Change is the One Essential

April 1, 2019 by The Point
Faithful Fivers are A.A. members who graciously pledge to contribute at least $5 each month toward the support of Central Office. Faithful Fiver contributions go a long way in helping make our vital services possible.

April 1, 2019 by The Point
by Kathleen C. Short Form: At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional “Right of Participation,” allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge. No members are “second class.” I was surprised to discover that Concept IV is about equality, humility and inclusion: Voting members include not … Continue reading Concept IV: We’re All Equal

April 1, 2019 by The Point
A poem by J.W. Main Street in a Spaghetti Western Facades, store fronts only, Props and propped up, mere ideas Thoughts of a reality that was not My life was this street A facade, a living prop, where Alcohol propped me up In the reality that was not So as the real world crept in … Continue reading Propped Up

April 1, 2019 by The Point
Turn mourning into dancing by Hal C. Many alcoholics convince themselves that a painful moment will last forever and that we must go out and drink in order to relieve that suffering. As alcoholics we cannot get it through our heads that all moments of life are temporary. I cannot even begin to count the … Continue reading Using Psalms in Recovery

April 1, 2019 by The Point
A quiet path in recovery by Carla H. Read this book in a morning and you may feel better. The Tao of Recovery–A Quiet Path to Wellness by the late Jim McGregor has lovely, short pieces on each page, with Asian-style illustrations on the facing page that echo and reframe language we use in the … Continue reading Book Review: Tao of Recovery

April 1, 2019 by The Point
Q. “What’s the point of doing this? There are so many other more important things.” A. “The Point is all about service.” Wisdom from Bay Area members this month includes linking Rule 62 and Tradition 4. A “pretend normie” uses meetings as tools. Another writer finds change is the one priority: Cutting out drinking cold … Continue reading From the Editor

March 1, 2019 by The Point
by Claire A. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. It’s such a simple statement, but I’ve found that it’s not that simple. Yes, anyone who wants to stop drinking is welcome in A.A. “We may refuse none who wish to recover” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 189). That … Continue reading Giving It Away: Tradition Three

March 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Before, it had always been so linear. When confronted with a problem or looking for a solution, I applied my best analytics to the circumstances and made a decision. If things turned out bad, I had a drink, and the mistake didn’t seem as glaring. If things turned out well, I had … Continue reading Made a Decision

March 1, 2019 by The Point
by Anonymous | Another way of looking at the third step | We don’t think any two people in the A.A. program decide on an identical concept for a higher power. Most alcoholics have been off the grid for such a long time that everything must be recalibrated into a strategy that they can work … Continue reading Abandoning the Ego

March 1, 2019 by The Point
by Rick R. Not everyone that comes to A.A. has the degree of desperation I did. That, I believe, is responsible for the various levels of success we have when it comes to abstaining from alcohol. Desperation was the great motivator for me. It made me thorough. The day I came to Alcoholics Anonymous I … Continue reading Simple Program, Complicated People

March 1, 2019 by The Point
Faithful Fivers are A.A. members who graciously pledge to contribute at least $5 each month toward the support of Central Office. Faithful Fiver contributions go a long way in helping make our vital services possible.

March 1, 2019 by The Point
by Henry Y. I’ve just returned home from a long day at my internship, followed by a two-hour evening class. As soon as I pulled out of the parking garage to head home, I attached to an aggressive and impatient energy and rode it all the way home. I studiously found a couple of opportunities … Continue reading Progress and Paradox

March 1, 2019 by The Point
by Carla H. How hard was Step Three for me? When my sponsor suggested I put God in the driver’s seat, instead of myself, I asked, “So I’m riding shotgun?” “You’re not even in the car,” she smiled. “You’re outside, in back, pushing.” I can’t steer my own life? No thanks, I said silently. But … Continue reading Behind the Car, Pushing

March 1, 2019 by The Point
The pictures are so beautiful • and add so much … “Yes” from one voice in the foaming sea, to steal from a great article on Step 3 in this March edition. I would agree with the suggestion to the committee [hardcopies for recovery houses]. John | Colorful • Love the new paperless Point. It’s … Continue reading LETTERS

March 1, 2019 by The Point
Rebel without a Clause | Here at The Point we love stories that carry the message. We are growing as a vehicle for local voices in recovery. Bill W. called practicing alcoholics rebellious nonconformists. Fortunately, our character defects become our greatest strengths once we bring them into balance. The ideal is no longer a dream For … Continue reading From the Editor

February 1, 2019 by The Point
by Claire A. I was deeply skeptical of the “God thing” when I joined A.A. I was accustomed to the icons of the Christian church, crosses, stories of miracles: Stuff I called hogwash. Asked to believe in a higher power, I was basically stumped. It wasn’t just that I rejected the idea of a god … Continue reading Something I Still Can’t Name

February 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. The world isn’t OK, but I am When he spoke, it was with a noticeable Southern twang that made it clear, in Marin, he was not from around these parts. He had a home-spun way about him, born from decades of sobriety. That made it easy to listen when he talked. So … Continue reading As Love Expresses Itself: Tradition 2

February 1, 2019 by The Point
by Rick R. Individuals choose their own concept Alcoholics Anonymous came into existence in 1935 at a time when much of our society was centered around churches in the communities where we lived. Much of the South and the Midwest are still like that to this day. As a child in my home town on … Continue reading As We Understand God

February 1, 2019 by The Point
By Greg F. Recently I fell and broke my neck. Retrospection as always is my friend. I’ve spent years cultivating my belief in my version of God. What do you know? God was and is with me through this. Four days later I had surgery. A C4-C7 laminectomy and C4-T2 fusion. I had a close … Continue reading Willingness to Believe

February 1, 2019 by The Point
by Henry Y. From the time I was young, I learned to gauge the wants and needs of those around me and conform my behavior accordingly. Roles of child and parent were often reversed. I didn’t realize that this was not the normal order of things. I grew up with a vague sense that things … Continue reading Outside Circumstances

February 1, 2019 by The Point
The more we learn, the less we believe to be trueThe more we prove, the more remains to be provedWe’ve got to have faith in something biggerFaith in something biggerFaith in something big inside our self … —Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend Faith in Something Bigger I remember a friend making jokes about The Who’s lyrics in … Continue reading From The Editor

February 1, 2019 by The Point
Book Review by Carla H. The Recovering is a fascinating read for people who are and are not in recovery. The author has been to Harvard, Yale, and the Iowa Writers Workshop, and now directs a graduate program at Columbia University. She covers who goes to recovery, who goes to prison, and the stories that … Continue reading Crime, Punishment & Recovery
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January 6, 2019 by The Point
Neither [A.A.’s] General Service board … nor the humblest group committee can issue a single directive to an A.A. member and make it stick. —Twelve and Twelve, p. 173 How John W. learned there are no rules in knife fights: Watching Paul Newman’s opponent hit the ground in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Makes sense … Continue reading No Rules in a Knife Fight

January 1, 2019 by The Point
by Melissa M. I get to have a relationship with reality I’ve lived a life of “geographics”—moving from one place to another has become such an integral part of who I am that I have made a career of it. I move from one city to another; from one country to another and I love … Continue reading Inside Job

January 1, 2019 by The Point
by Anonymous Intrigued by this meeting I had been invited to attend, I saw the secretary took no notes, created no minutes and had no real agenda. People chimed in all over the place. A guy at the right side in the seat of honor did nothing the entire hour (the job I would try … Continue reading Life Depends On It

January 1, 2019 by The Point
Area 11 Connecticut General Service Committee What Can Groups and Members Do? Groups and members can discuss the topic of safety, to raise awareness in the Fellowship and seek through sponsorship, workshops and meetings, to create as safe an environment as possible for the newcomer, and other members or potential members. This can be the … Continue reading Safety & A.A.

January 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Each member is a small part of a great whole. “No rules,” just like Paul Newman’s character Butch Cassidy said was true in a knife fight, as told to the opponent he vanquished with a markedly low blow. I was enthralled to find there were no rules in A.A. Having minored in … Continue reading Our Common Welfare

January 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. It takes a village My sobriety date is September 11, 1986, my sister’s birthday. We drank and used together, shoplifted together, got into crazy dangerous situations together. She was a few months clean and sober and had been dragging me to meetings in Los Angeles every time I visited. “Bitch, if you … Continue reading Kathleen C.’s Story

January 1, 2019 by The Point
Tradition One in Action by Carla H. Although Tradition One is about group unity and how we must all hang together or we shall surely hang separately (undoubtedly misquoting Benjamin Franklin), my experience of this paradoxical tradition was supremely useful in getting me to embrace A.A. fully. I had to set aside my fear of … Continue reading We Anarchists Stick Together

December 1, 2018 by The Point
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December 1, 2018 by The Point
Ancient Maya considered the resplendent quetzal divine (aka “god of the air”) and a symbol of light. The Point is now moving from a print to a light medium and will soon reside in the cloud forest, too. Since December is our last print issue, your editor is getting up to speed with WordPress. Our … Continue reading From the Editor: God of the Air
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December 1, 2018 by The Point
by Claire A. I have heard many people share in AA meetings that they felt like they were absent the day “they” handed out the booklet about how to deal with life. I shared that feeling. It seemed like everyone else knew the rules, and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t fit in. I … Continue reading How to Become “Normal”

December 1, 2018 by The Point
My parents  loved me — I just didn’t realize it by Ken J. Shortly after my second A.A. anniversary I was faced with making an amends I dreaded. To my father. Due to the circumstances I had to do it over the phone. The call began as superficial as always. We talked about the crops, … Continue reading Those Three Words

December 1, 2018 by The Point
by Kathleen C. “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”~Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 No wonder the next line in How It Works is: “Many of us exclaimed, ‘What an order! I can’t go through … Continue reading Carrying the Message

December 1, 2018 by The Point
by Rick R. How appropriate it seems that there are 12 months in a year and we have 12 steps in the program. The joy of good living is the theme of the 12th Step. It blends right in with the holiday season in November and December, starting with Thanksgiving and ending with the New Year’s Eve celebration. This time of year … Continue reading A Joyful Time of Year

December 1, 2018 by The Point
by Dan F. What became Alcoholics Anonymous dates from June 10, 1935, when Bill gave Dr. Bob his last beer. A month earlier, members of the Oxford Group, a back-to-basics Christian movement started by dissatisfied Lutheran minister Frank Buchman, had brought them together to meet and talk. Buchman was willing to work with people of different religions without demanding they convert to Christianity. A.A.’s first book, Alcoholics … Continue reading 12 Questions for a 4th Step

December 1, 2018 by The Point
Secret Society vs. Vaudeville Circuit by John W. “We of Alcoholics Anonymous believe the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities … to actually practice a general humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us …” ~Twelve and Twelve, p. 192. Not ready to stop fighting My first … Continue reading Tradition 12

December 1, 2018 by The Point
I used to tell myself … by Anonymous I never “had” to have a drink. I only drank to relax and wind down. I didn’t drink every day, unless I was on vacation. Never got a DUI (I drove drunk—just never got caught). I didn’t drink in bars. I stayed at home with my Southern … Continue reading 10 Reasons I’m Not an Alcoholic

December 1, 2018 by The Point
by Steve B. No wrapper, no limits The way I do it is to stand fast to the A.A. tenet: As I understand God. And let it go from there. More will be revealed. Don’t like aphorisms and I don’t like metaphor. Hailing from Swiss people, known for their literal culture, where ideas are grounded … Continue reading Musings on the Nature of God

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