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From Rags to Riches

AA taught me how to live, how to love, and how to let go

I don't recall ever seeing my mother, who was part Native American, ever without a drink in her hand. With her jet black hair and piercing blue eyes, she was a lively, crazy, wonderful woman who could organize anything, talk her way out of any situation, and make everyone around her laugh -but she... Read more


The February Issue of Grapevine Is Here

This month's special section features stories on sponsorship

Ever since our co-founders, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, met to talk about their drinking in Akron, Ohio in 1935, the special one-on-one bond of sponsorship has been a vital part of alcoholics getting and staying sober in AA. This month, our special section features wonderful stories of the ways members... Read more

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A New Kind of Love

In sobriety, she learned how to love herself and others

I'm sitting at the base of Greylock Mountain, in Atlanta, Idaho. It's very quiet and I have the gift of this opportunity to contemplate. Soon, I will have my three-year sobriety birthday. It doesn't sound like long, but it's not been easy for me. I am one who has had to work at it. It took lots of... Read more




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“Every sponsor is necessarily a leader. The stakes are huge. A human life, and usually the happiness of a whole family, hangs in the balance. What the sponsor does and says, how well he estimates the reactions of his prospects, how well he times and makes his presentation, how well he handles criticisms and how well he leads his prospect on by personal spiritual example -- well, these attributes of leadership can make all the difference, often the difference between life and death.”

AA Co-Founder, Bill W., April 1959
“Leadership in AA: Ever a Vital Need,”
The Language of the Heart


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