Program Theory

March 24, 2021
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Rewards of Step Four

I faced Step Four with some trepidation, but my sponsor did not allow time for irrational fear to take over. He had me begin “spontaneous writing” […]
January 22, 2021

Choice in Drink?

Further refection on Step One brought about a different understanding of its context. The first two parts of this step are separated by a dash—not a […]
December 1, 2020

Writing the Amends List

My amends list story start at just after finishing the Third Step Prayer, my sponsor had me ask God for help with my Fourth Step information. […]
December 1, 2020

Why We Do the Things We Do

One Issue at a Time Alcoholism is an incurable disease contracted by, you might say, 10% of the population, without respect to age, gender, intelligence, religion […]
November 3, 2020
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Step Six Timing is Important

Yeas ago, I heard that Step Six timing is everything This reminds me of a story of when I was newly sober and almost went out […]
November 2, 2020
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Step Ten: Beginning of the Maintenance Steps

Understanding the Disease of Alcoholism Takes Time After being in the program for a while, it occurred to me that initially, there was no way I […]
September 29, 2020
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How to Write Your Amends List

Doing The Amends List Work Just after finishing the Third Step Prayer, my sponsor, Carl, had me ask God for help with my Fourth Step information […]
June 23, 2020

Step Seven Set Me Free

Step Seven begins: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.” Why should I ask God to take […]
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

Hope After Step One

The Big Book tells us that alcoholics drink because they are “restless, irritable and discontented.” (xxvi) Well, that wasn’t me! I even drank when everything was […]
October 30, 2019

AA Traditions Checklist from the AA Grapevine

These questions were originally published in the AA Grapevine in conjunction with a series on the Twelve Traditions that began in November 1969 and ran through […]
October 23, 2019

Anonymity Spot-Check (from G.S.O.)

Some questions that can be helpful in evaluating whether our actions may or may not be in conflict with the principles of humility and sacrifice that […]