Reading Guide for ‘How It Works’

There are few chapters as important to Alcoholics Anonymous as the fifth chapter. Many of the chapters before it may lead to mixed interpretations, which have the potential to divide those who feel differently about them. But “How It Works” is often used in the context of recovery itself, and is even read in numerous…

The Concept of Admission

When we take the First Step in AA or NA, there is usually a feeling of relief that follows. We come to realize that our former lives are full of moments in which we could have taken the right path, yet chose to discredit any that did not agree with us. This is often unacceptable…

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 2

We have already done one part of our series on fulfilling the Twelve Promises, or the Ninth Step Promises as some may know them. While we would normally wait until after doing an article on Step Nine, it seemed alright to begin this series somewhat early. After all, many of you will not be quite…

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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Do’s and Don’ts of Telling Your Story

You may not know the answer to this question when you first begin, but the following should help you figure it out. (Ivelin Radkov/Shutterstock) Those of us who enter programs such as AA and NA may eventually be charged with the task of telling our stories to others. This may be in the form of…

The Meaning of HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired

When entering recovery and undergoing aftercare counseling in order to try and stay sober, you may occasionally come into contact with HALT. This acronym has a simple meaning, yet is ever so important to the maintenance of all we hold dear. If we fail to heed the warnings of HALT, there is a good chance…

Letting Go of Resentments Before They Kill Us

There is a quote about resentments which gets bandied around in recovery circles from time to time. You’ve probably heard it before, at one point or another. “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” There are several variations of this quote. The above is attributed to Malachy McCourt, while…

Honesty (And Why It’s Integral to Sobriety)

Over the years, those of us who have struggled with alcoholism and addiction have had more than one occasion to present ourselves as dishonest. This has often done great harm to those we love, as well as to ourselves. But when we were intoxicated, dishonesty never seemed like much of a problem. Instead, it was…

Understanding and Practicing Step One

We are excited to reveal the start of a new feature this month, which we believe will help those in early sobriety as they attempt to adjust to their new way of life while working a solid program of recovery. The idea of this feature is to review one of the 12 Steps every month.…