Stories from the 1990s

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About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research, and Treatment Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. A coalition of 22 Black, Latino, and health organizations urged... The Alcoholism Report January 1990
A Dose of Reality My name is "Stinger," and I am an alcoholic. It is through God's grace that I am able to share my experience, strength, and hope with you today. I grew up in an abusive alcoholic family, a real war zone. I can remember lying awake in bed, shivering... Robert L. January 1992
The Realm of the Spirit Is Broad The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous records the story of co-founders Dr. Bob and Bill W. making their first Twelfth Step call together, visiting "Anonymous Number Three" during his eighth hospitalization. On that first visit, they talked to him a... Louisiana D. January 1996
Judaism and the Lord's Prayer As a Jewish member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I've been concerned about the fact that so many meetings end in the Lord's Prayer. While I was willing to go to any lengths to get--and stay--sober, I was worried about reciting a prayer that might in some... Mike L. January 1997
Around AA--1990 International Convention Celebrates It happens every five years, a super-celebration of sobriety, where AA members from all over the world get together and go to a meeting--and another meeting, and another. In 1990 it will happen in Seattle, on the weekend of July 5-8, when more than... January 1990
Around AA If there is, Class A (nonalcoholic) trustee John King, who was elected to AA's General Service Board in April 1986, just might qualify. In addition to his current service as a nonalcoholic trustee on the Fellowship's General Service Board, and... January 1990
Around AA If it's possible for a nonalcoholic to be an AA "retread," that description fits W.J. (Jim) Estelle, who began a four-year term as chair of AA's General Service Board of Trustees in April 1993. A longtime friend of AA, Jim served as a Class A (... January 1994
My Sobriety Was Up in the Air I can still remember my desperation as I stood in my hotel room in Atlanta one Saturday morning in late August 1990. Out loud I said, "God, please help me. I can't do it." I was nearly nine months sober. Up to this day I had considered my sobriety... Linda H. January 1995
Bread and Butter Sobriety "Why do you keep telling me to go to beginners meetings? I don't see any difference between them and other discussion meetings." Thus was I put on the spot two months ago by a forty-six-day-old newcomer. I tried to explain that some Alcoholics... W. H. January 1996
A Spiritual Snowball This article is proof positive of the power of AA in my life. A year ago I wouldn't even have attempted it. I simply didn't have the courage to try. I'm a typical alcoholic: fear controlled me from my earliest memory, throughout my twenty-plus years... Mallory B. January 1997