AA History

September 29, 2020
writing the 12 steps

Writing the 12 Steps

You may have heard Bill W’s story about writing the 12 steps. He sat at home one afternoon with a yellow legal pad, and the 12 […]
July 27, 2020

Dr. Bob: The Man and the Physician

By J.G. from Ohio, AA Grapevine, September 1978 It is very difficult to speak of Dr. Bob without going into superlatives. While he lived, he laughed […]
February 24, 2020

Through Our Own Contributions

“Get a sponsor, get a home group, and get something to do at that home group,” was a continuing mantra at the treatment facility I attended […]
February 7, 2020

My Name Is… and I’m an Alcoholic

It’s a phrase heard in A.A. meetings around the world. But where does it come from? Why do we say it? And should we keep doing […]
December 19, 2019

The Meeting After the Meeting

An Important 12-Step Opportunity! Bill W. wrote in an AA pamphlet: “Sobriety—freedom from alcohol through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps—is the sole purpose […]
December 3, 2019

Alcoholism and the Medical Community

Alcoholism is a disease of three facets. There is physical disease, mental or emotional aberration (some prefer to designate it as personality defect or disorder), and […]
July 31, 2019
Indians discovering new land

The Story of Rule 62

Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. The story is described in Alcoholics Anonymous book The Twelve Step and the Twelve Traditions (known in AA as the […]
July 24, 2019

History Behind AA’s Responsibility Statement

The Responsibility Statement reads: It was written for the 1965 AA International Convention in Toronto. In an article titled, ‘How I am Responsible became a part […]
March 27, 2019

The AA Camel Story

Camel Symbol The camel each day goes twice to his knees. He picks up his load with the greatest of ease. He walks through the day […]
October 5, 2018

Sponsoring via the Big Book

Some years ago, I was asked to sponsor a guy named Tom. However, I declined by informing him that I was only two years sober, to […]
September 7, 2018

History of AA Slogans

Q: What’s the history of typical AA slogans like “First Things First” and “One Day at a Time”? A. We don’t have a great deal of […]
August 30, 2018

Learning the Steps vs. Living the Steps

The Event is Not the Process During his third day of treatment at Towns Hospital, Bill W. ingested the essence of our Twelve Steps while being […]