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The Sole Purpose . . . Of The Group

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The A.A. group, as such, cannot

take on all the personal problems

of it members . . . This is why

sobriety – freedom from alcohol –

through the teachings and

practice of A. A.’s Twelve Steps,

is the sole purpose of the group.”

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As Bill Sees IT p 79

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A, A, is ” not” an employment agency, a bank, a landlord,

a marriage counselor or any other social service.

The primary purpose of A.A is that the members will help

each other find recovery and give the member a new way of life

where they can learn to resolve their own problems,

usually best done with the aid of a Higher Power.

Recovery is to help the group maintain its primary purpose.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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“Usually,

we do not avoid

a place where

there is drinking –

if we have a

legitimate reason

for being there.”

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As Bill Sees It p 77

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Just because you stopped drinking alcohol

does not mean that you must stop living.

Make friends, go dancing with the wife,

attend the functions, just be prepared to

do what you must to avoid any temptation

or mistake that may lead to taking that first drink.

Many a good AA meeting has topics concerning

how to enjoy life without jeopardizing your sobriety.

Today, don’t drink. don’t think

and go to a good meeting.

Recovery is to go on living a better life.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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No Debate

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“Fortunately,

A.A. is constructed

so that we need not

debate the existence

of God, but for best

results, most of us

must depend upon a Higher Power.”

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As Bill Sees It    p  73

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Change, what used to be the good old bar room

debate, God or no God, now becomes, for the

recovering alcoholics, a decision to accept or

not accept a Power greater than himself.

However, The Big Book does suggest that

relying on a Higher Power, not will power,

is the easier and softer way to achieving and maintaining

a happy, joyous and free recovery.

Recovery is not having to debate the existence of God.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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Abject Dependence

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“Nothing can be

more demoralizing

than a clinging and

abject dependence

upon another

human being.”

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As Bill Sees It p 72

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A symptom of the disease of alcoholism is “More”,

one is never enough.

When we rely upon another person the “we need more,

we want more”, will eventually drive that person away.

My disease wants me to isolate, be alone,

push away anyone who loves me and demanding more

is the best weapon the disease has.

Today, rely upon your Higher Power when you need more.

Recovery is never being dependent upon another human being..

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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Genuine Integrity

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“Just how and when

we tell the truth

– or keep silent –

can often reveal

the difference between

genuine integrity

and none at all.”

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As Bill Sees It p 70

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When you think about the feelings of others,

instead of only your own selfish needs,

you become aware that a sharp tongue

can be a lethal weapon.

Gossip may have been a way to elevate our self esteem,

but in the long run it only comes back to haunt us

and jeopardize our own sobriety.

Today, if you can’t say something nice,

truthfully,

don’t say anything at all.

Recovery is learning genuine integrity.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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A.A. Was Not Invented

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“A.A. was not invented!

Its basics were brought

to us through the

experience and wisdom

of many great friends.

We simply borrowed and

adopted their ideas.”

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As Bill Sees It, p 67

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As far as human behavior goes

there is nothing new under the sun.

If it has a name, someone has done it.

Today, you are unique, however, borrowing

the best attributes of others can only improve

your outlook on life and your quality of living.

Recovery is learning from those

who have been there and done that.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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My Basic Flaw

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“My basic flaw

had always been

dependence on people

or circumstances

to supply me with

prestige, security

and confidence.”

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As Bill Sees It p 63

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When I didn’t get what I wanted, I pouted, I moped,

I drank to forget.

Alcohol was not the answer,

nor were other people,

nor where the circumstances,

the problem and the answer was me.

Trust God, clean house

and help another alcoholic

was the solution to my problem.

Today, don’t forget, work a program.

Recovery is correcting the basic flaws.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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