From the May 2013 magazine.

May 2013: Let’s Get to Work

Remembering its primary purpose, one group rolls up its sleeves

TRADITION FIVE: Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

Our group thought we were a model AA group, so it took us a while to notice that we just might be failing at our most important job—to carry the message to the still-suffering alcoholic. But around that time, the theme of the San Antonio International Convention, “A Vision for Us,” had sparked a months-long discussion among our members that ultimately re-focused our group conscience on becoming more relevant to the world of alcoholism around us. The process was not exactly a group Fourth and Fifth Step, but we did get a good, long look in the mirror and, as a result, a chance to do a better job.

-- Bill H. and Alec H.

Pueblo, Colorado

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