Subscribe, access, download and archive aa grapevine magazine all from your tablet or smartphone monthly. The big book the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Home about aa newcomers the big book the big book you will be redirected to the us aa site. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism, is a collection of texts used by members of the alcoholics anonymous fellowship the book has undergone four revisions since william wilson, also known as bill w. The i know mentality of the ego creates a barrier to looking at where we are currently with no control, no choice, and no power. If humans could fully complacency trap in recovery read more.
It is better, however, that one does not needlessly name a person upon whom she can vent jealousy. March dubious luxury of normal due 12520 april overcoming complacency due 22420 may a. What follows is what can happen when even progress isnt safeguarded. Into action 75 that he will not try to change our plan. The big book was originally published in 1939 by aa founders bill w. Its a condition that tends to peak in the third or fourth year of sobriety. Copyright alcoholics anonymous world services, inc. Now that ive put a few days together, been blessed with some amazing gifts throughout my recovery thus far, and im having trouble remembering where it came from and being grateful for it and not turning my back on my recovery thinking i got this. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions alcoholics anonymous alcoholics anonymous this is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. I didnt connect with the big book of alcoholics anonymous until over a year into my sobriety. Resentment in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. Find people in alcoholics anonymous history az listings. The second edition 1955 consisted of 1,150,000 copies. Search the alcoholics anonymous big book for phrases, key words, etc.
Other groups read from the big book weekly and discuss each chapter as they go along. I dont normally post anything here that mentions the big book from aa but i felt that this one was important enough to me to share with yall as i have fought complacency many times through the years of my recovery and find that the longer i am clean the more i do need to be aware of it. Wilson, one of the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa. The text got this name because the first edition of the book had rather thick pages, making the book even thicker than its content would suggest. Complacency in sobriety is very dangerous as it is a doorway for the addition to come back. So let us never get such a degree of smug complacency that were not willing to. But we must not use this as a mere excuse to postpone.
Alcoholics anonymous big book hardcover huge selection of aa medallions. Complacency breeds old behavior and unnecessary problems. The 164 and more book, ebook, and web site are all concordances which display passages from the big book alcoholics anonymous, the twelve steps and twelve traditions, and the a. I was taking every suggestion in the book, but my life felt like there was. There are stories, steps, theories, and personal advice from a plethora of different people inside the big blue book. Resentment in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and. I go to meetings for two reasons, 1 camaraderie with fellow big book sponsors. I found this, a reproduction of the 1938 original manuscript of alcoholics anonymous preface. I have provided a link in a couple of places on this page for your convenience, so you can get to the search page. It is my hope that you will find this site useful to you and our friends of bill w.
Online source for leather and vinyl aa big book covers in choice of colors for all aa big books with screen printing and coin holder. Those individuals who are recovering from an addiction need to be particularly careful not to take their sober life for granted. Character defects 6471, 76 commitment 60 complacency 85 controlled. Like through my years of darkness, some spark of spirit remained in me, helped me survive until i found my way into a. We hope that 164 and more is useful, and strengthens your understanding of the aa. Our online big book is used by thousands of people all over the world, and incurs substantial bandwidth expense. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism generally known as the big book is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, written by the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa, bill w. Taking things for granted in recovery it is common for people to take things in their life for granted. When you come through the doors of aa, it is suggested that you purchase a big book. That was a dominant feeling on those innumerable days. Gv subscriptions aa grapevine magazines, books, ebooks.
The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism generally known as the big book because of the thickness of the paper used in the first edition is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, primarily written by william g. Getting complacent, not using the tools that the program has taught us, opens the door to backsliding. Without embracing the literature, success in aa is difficult. Its part of official aa literature to attend meetings over working the steps. Readings from as bill sees it can inspire sharing on discussion topics. In our belief, any picture of the alcoholic which leaves out this physical factor is incomplete. Complacency contempt prior to investigation dependence 9 joy, the joy of living keep coming back. It is also for those who have been in recovery for much longer than a year but who find complacency creeping into their recovery efforts, who feel stuck and realize they need to recom.
The fourth edition includes twentyfour new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in a. Reach out to the newcomer, the best way to remain grateful you arent that newcomer again yes, when i am able to help someone out who is just starting their journey of recovery, it really keeps my ego in check and reminds me where i. If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading. My 10 favorite lines from the big book of alcoholics. And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and more concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either alcoholics. The twelve steps some groups discuss one step a week. Then, nurtured by the program, that inner spirit grew, deepened, until it filled the emptiness i had so long felt. Alcoholics anonymous also known as the big book in recovery circles sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. Alcoholism12 step support suggested topics for discusion meetings suggested topics for discussion meetings service material from the general service office general ideas 1. If i get bore with my sobriety then there is a great risk of relapse. That could be with projects at home or work, working the steps, or going to new aa meetings.
Reprinted from aa big book, page 59 the san diego aa coordinator february 2020 vol. Find people in alcoholics anonymous history az listings aa literature. Big book index page aa origin xvxvii aa organization xix, 565 aa program summary 164. Ernest kurtz line in his book notgod a history of aa states it best. It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. The simple definition of complacency is feeling a sense of contentment and self satisfaction about where you are at in a certain situation or about.
Alcoholics anonymous comes of age 333 pages written by bill w. When i am disturbed, it is because i find some person, place, thing, or. A almost anywhere in the united states or canada, you will find an a. Quotes from alcoholics anonymous minnesota recovery. The book is published by alcoholics anonymous world services. This was the version of the big book distributed to friends and colleagues of aas founders before the first edition was printed. Aa big book covers leather big book covers vinyl big. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
There have been numerous reprints and revisions, in addition to translations into dozens of languages. Lxviii carry the aa message join the fun and submit an article. The basic text for alcoholics anonymous home about aa newcomers the big book the big book you will be redirected to the us aa site. Dec 10, 2016 alcoholics anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, more. Alcoholics anonymous, the big book of alcoholics anonymous. There is comfort in knowing you arent alone, that what youre feeling isnt unusual, and that there is a solution. Go to online book store international convention july 25, 2020 detroit. Published in 1953, this book contains a detailed interpretation of principles of personal recovery and group survival by bill w. We explain to our partner what we are about to do and why we have to do it. Read big book search big book contact us link n things slogansmedallions easy 12 steps convinced. Us subscriptions aa grapevine magazines, books, ebooks. Carlin sisters rented top floor of wilsons house at 182 clinton street 19331935 l 105.
The purpose of the big book is to show precisely how numerous alcoholics have recovered. Now that youre sober is especially designed for those who are bravely moving through their first year of recoverywhether for the first or twentieth time. Sponsored ad this sponsor paid to have this advertisement placed in this section. Im a new student of the big book and since my life is at stake and i follow the principles, which include addressing wino joes prediction from the 40s that two things kill alcoholics in aa. It is only usually when these things are taken away that the person appreciates just how important they were. To combat complacency in early sobriety i try to stay busy. I quit solo by which i mean that no organized group like aa was around to assist or advise. One of the ways i avoid complacency is keeping in contact with newcomers, going to step meetings and big book meetings and getting involved in some type of service. What does the big book of aa, our basic recovery text have to say on the. Reference guide to the aa big book and the twelve steps and twelve traditions. Click to see many more medallions stepping stones to recovery for men. We have a written inventory and we are pre pared for a long talk. Suggested topics for discusion meetings soberrecovery. I quit solo by which i mean that no organized group like.
This not only applies to possessions but also to loved ones and situations. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism, is a collection of texts used by members of the alcoholics anonymous fellowship. Alcoholics anonymous quotes by alcoholics anonymous. Jul 22, 2018 complacency in sobriety is very dangerous as it is a doorway for the addition to come back. When we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time. Complacency can creep up on a person in recovery without her even. The big book of alcoholics anonymous, also referred to as alcoholics anonymous. No show meeting only happened to me once, in inverness. Mental, spiritual and physical disease readings from as bill sees it can inspire sharing on discussion topics. If there is a newcomer attending for the first time, the group may change the topic to. Suggested topics for aa discussion meetings september, 2011. Complacency can be far more subtle and dangerous in the early steps, and as we find our way in aa. My sponsor used to tell me that people come to aa for all sorts of reasons these days, some are even real alcoholics who want to get sober. All references to the topics will be found in the first 164 pages of the book, alcoholics anonymous.
Nov 08, 2010 complacency breeds old behavior and unnecessary problems. Philip wylie jabs a little needle into complacency. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism is often referred to in alcoholics anonymous meetings aa as the big book. The promises, as suggested in the big book, clearly indicate that we have work to do if we want the rewards that are guaranteed in this program of recovery.
Big book index page aa origin xvxvii aa organization xix, 565 aa program summary 164 acceptance 416420 agnostics 4457 alcoholic xxivxxvii alcoholism 3043 amends 7684 anger 6467 anonymity 565, 566 authority 563 boredom 152, 275 care 152 character defects 6471, 76 commitment 60. The big book, alcoholics anonymous some groups discuss one chapter from the big book each week. We expect that this contribution to the recovering community worldwide will continue to grow, as our online big book is a great study tool. Perhaps there are some cases where the utmost frankness is demanded. When my wife and i moved to a new city eight years ago, i thought my program and my sobriety were in pretty good shape. That was a dominant feeling on those innumerable days i was getting drunk in the 1980s. No outsider can appraise such an intimate situation.
Big book of alcoholics anonymous, the promises pgs 83 and 84. The whytehouse is, i hope, a way to find that special phrase or saying etc. I had my blackberry and we found another meeting at the hospital an hour later, but had already decided if there was no other meeting the pair of us would go for a coffee and have a 1. But i had plenty of assistance and expert advice, much of which.919 961 1068 1047 1555 1108 306 522 713 755 523 502 1064 1405 293 350 1582 1189 599 718 999 450 58 500 1599 721 821 1263 977 717 1444 55 1350 1415 385 1052 76 874 381