Program Theory

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 […]
October 1, 2019

A Drug is a Drug

“Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon […]
August 29, 2019

Where Have All the Alcoholics Gone?

There is some wild myth being circulated that there are very few “pure” alcoholics left and therefore singleness of purpose is no longer valid. Recent statistics […]
June 4, 2019

Fifth Step Provides Release

Revealing my innermost secrets via the Fifth Step would have been terrifying in anticipation had my sponsor, gave me time for consideration. But thank God he […]
February 27, 2019

A Recipe for Living

In early sobriety I believed that praying the Third Step Prayer several times every day, plus daily AA meetings, would bring an end my terrifying obsession […]
February 6, 2019

Step One: The A. A. Launch Pad

She Didn’t Find It Too Comforting. I was sitting at a meeting recently when I heard a very young, and very sincere, single mother of two, […]
January 3, 2019

Step Nine: Making Amends

When describing step nine in the big book it says that “if we are painstaking about this phase of our development we will be amazed before […]
January 3, 2019

What is the AA Meaning of Sober?

The Man-on-the-Street-Speak: May define the word “sober” as: “clear-headed with normal emotions and logical thinking,” e.g.: A jaywalker who jumps in front of traffic would not […]