The Therapeutic Value of the Group

Alone

By Steve K. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group is a fundamental “mechanism of change” in recovery from alcoholism with respect to providing its members with a supportive social network that promotes sobriety. Participation in the group offers several therapeutic benefits which facilitate and support change for the individual. These therapeutic … Continue reading

Books: Prospecting for Sobriety

Books

A potential chapter in The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in Recovery. By Norm R. As a recovering alcoholic, I attend meetings and try faithfully to work the Steps. Some meetings, however, can be discouraging; then my healing depends on books. Space would not permit naming all the books … Continue reading

Technology and Recovery

Internet

By D.G. I was born and raised on a farm in rural Virginia, and many times have heard my parents and older members of my family and community recount tales of their daily lives and practices that would be entirely foreign to almost all of us today. My grandmother’s first … Continue reading

He’s a Real Tool

Alkie Cravens

By Joanne O. I call him “Alkie, Alkie Cravens”. I invented him. And you might say he invented the alcoholic me. He is a cartoon character that I created to personify the physical cravings, automatic thoughts, habits, self-defeating behaviors, and character defects that we eventually come to recognize as our alcoholic … Continue reading

The Power of Our Stories

Storytelling

By Chris G. When I first came to AA, I had no story. Oh, there were lots of stories I could tell: drunken episodes, all the problems the world had given me, all my troubles. But no story that was mine, no coherent line through my life. Nothing of a … Continue reading

Recovering from the committee in my head

Committee Featured

By Beth H. We frequently hear talk in the rooms of AA about “the committee”, or the different thoughts and voices swirling around in our heads, often giving us conflicting messages or bad advice. In my sobriety, I have benefitted tremendously by taking the time to identify those voices. I had … Continue reading

Don’t drink and go to meetings

Onwards

By Russ H. When I walked into my first AA meeting I had no idea what to expect. I knew nothing about the AA program of recovery. I certainly made no assumption that I would find relief from the crushing consequences of nearly three decades of addiction to alcohol and … Continue reading

The Fellowship and the Program

By JEB By the time I made it to my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, 35 years ago, I had fully conceded to my innermost self (quit lying to myself) that I am powerless over alcohol if I am ever stupid enough to pick up even one drink; and the book … Continue reading

A Personal Inventory

Self Inventory

For many in AA, the Steps contain important tools in our recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Today Steve K. shares how Steps Four and Ten – a personal inventory – are a part of his sobriety. The Steps will have their own place in The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in … Continue reading