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I am an alcoholic.

Only by the Amazing Grace and Tender Mercy of
GOD as I understand Him
and the Loving Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous,
I have not had a drink of alcohol
since January 12, 1998.
For my sobriety I shall be eternally grateful.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women
who share their experience, strength and hope with each other
that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

There are no dues or fees for AA membership;
we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution;
does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Copyright by The AA Grapevine, Inc.

Some links to addiction related websites.
If you know of others, please let me know.

The Official Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
The BIG BOOK ONLINE from A A World Services
The Official AA Grapevine Page
Close to Home - Bill Moyers on Addiction - much very valuable information on Addiction.
From PBS and Close to Home - very comprehensive list of web resources on Addiction
Subscribe to Just for Today
OnLine and Downloadable Big Book from The Anonymous Press!
Concordance to the Big Book
US Drug Rehab Centers - A directory of residential treatment centers for alcohol & drug rehabilitation
Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
The AlAnon/AlaTeen Home Page
I got sober at La Hacienda!
Hazelden Foundation
Nicotine Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous

Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the
Courage to change the things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the
pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this
sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make
all things right if I
surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy
in this life, and supremely
happy with Him forever in
the next. Amen.
--Reinhold Neibuhr

We drank for happiness and became unhappy.
We drank for joy and became miserable.
We drank for sociability and became argumentative.
We drank for sophistication and became obnoxious.
We drank for friendship and made enemies.
We drank for sleep and awakened without rest.
We drank "medicinally" and acquired health problems.
We drank for relaxation and got the shakes.
We drank for bravery and became afraid.
We drank for confidence and became doubtful.
We drank to make conversation easier and slurred our speech.
We drank to feel heavenly and ended up feeling like hell.
We drank to forget and were forever haunted.
We drank for freedom and became slaves.
We drank to erase problems and saw them multiply.
We drank to cope with life and invited death.
Borrowed, and unfortunately I do not know the source.


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
. . . Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
. . . Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
. . . Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
. . . Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
. . . Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
. . . Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
. . . Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
. . . Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.


1.We admitted we were powerless over nothing -- that we could manage our lives perfectly as well as the lives of anyone else who would allow us to do so.
2.Came to believe that there was no power greater than ourselves and that the rest of the world was sadly mistaken to think otherwise.
3.Made a decision to have our loved ones, our co-workers and the remotest of acquaintances turn their wills and their lives over to our care, even though they had no idea what we were talking about.
4.Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of everyone we knew.
5.Admitted our perfection to the whole world and stood ready to expose the exact nature of everyone else's wrongs.
6.Were entirely ready to show others how to remove their defects of character so that they could give us the respect we deserve.
7.Demanded that others do our bidding because they were imperfect while we were always enlightened.
8.Made a list of all persons who had harmed us in any way and became willing to go to any lengths to get even with every last one of them.
9.Got direct revenge on such people whenever and however possible except where to do so would cost us our lives or serious jail time.
10.Continued to take inventory of others and when they were wrong we promptly and repeatedly let them know it.
11.Sought through complaining and medication to improve our relations with others as we could not understand them at all, asking only that they do things our way or not bother.
12.Having had a complete and total physical, emotional and spiritual breakdown as a result of these steps, we tried to blame it on others and to get sympathy and pity in all our affairs.

Borrowed, but I could have written it since unfortunately that is how I lived!

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