Learning to Take Responsibility

If there’s one thing that many addicts and alcoholics have in common, it’s that we like to be lazy from time to time. Sure, you may get the occasional functioning addict who has the strange sensation to get loaded and get some work done. But for many of us, that first drink or first dose…

The Twelve Concepts for World Service: Concept III

Since we waited until a little later in the year to start doing a series on AA’s Twelve Concepts for World Service, the first few have been posted relatively close together. Now that it is March and we are on Concept III, we are finally caught up and able to continue our normal monthly schedule…

Understanding and Practicing Step Three

It is now March, which means it’s time for the third article in our series on the Twelve Steps. Step Three is often lumped together with Step One and Step Two as one of the primary steps that must be taken before we can move forward and begin taking action to solidify our recovery. It…

The Twelve Concepts for World Service: Concept II

We recently covered Concept I, the first of AA’s Twelve Concepts for World Service. In case you missed it, these are the ideals that were set forth by AA co-founder Bill Wilson when his fellow co-founder, Dr. Bob, suggested that AA’s worldwide expansion would necessitate a set of protocols for operation once both Bill and…

The Twelve Concepts for World Service: Concept I

In 1962, the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous excepted co-founder Bill W.’s Twelve Concepts for World Service as the accepted interpretation of a world service structure that could benefit the whole of AA. This conference, established by the General Service Board, addressed the need of AA to establish these concepts in order to address…

Reading Guide for ‘Bill’s Story’

Bill W. was not the first or last person to assume that a professional lifestyle made it okay to stay perpetually drunk. (Stokkete/Shutterstock) Those who have read Alcoholics Anonymous are already aware that the second chapter (or first, if you don’t count “The Doctor’s Opinion”) is all about AA founder Bill W. In order to…

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Reading Guide for ‘The Doctor’s Opinion’

“The Doctor’s Opinion” is an important part of the Big Book, as it details a physician’s view of alcoholism and recovery. (Minerva Studio/Shutterstock) Those who enter recovery at a step-based treatment center will often be handed a copy of Alcoholics Anonymous (also known as “the Big Book”) almost as soon as they are admitted and…

Embracing the First Tradition

Our last article was the first in a twelve-part series that will be published near the beginning of each month, each one dedicated to the promotion of understanding one of the Twelve Steps. While it is quite important for all addicts and alcoholics in recovery to understand these steps, the Twelve Traditions are sometimes neglected.…

Service Work in Recovery

“Do you see how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that’s the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the…