AA Sayings

Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives.
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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.

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

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Around The Coffee Pot...

16. On the bridge back to life. As Bill read on [in: The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James], his own powers of reasoning helped him extract some important ideas from the weighty and intricate text. He saw that all the cases described by James had certain common denominators, despite the diverse ways in which they manifested themselves. These insights became important to Bill in his thinking about the plight of the alcoholic and his need for spiritual help. (He would later say that James, though long in his grave, had been a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.) Of the three common denominators in the case histories, the first was calamity; each person James described had met utter defeat in some vital area of his life. All human resources had failed to solve his problems. Each person had been utterly desperate. The next common point was admission of defeat; each of the individuals acknowledged his own defeat as utter and absolute. The third common denominator was an appeal to a Higher Power. This cry for help could take many forms, and it might or might not be in religious terms. Thought to Ponder. . . No words can tell of the loneliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity. Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master.