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1.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   After a bit, he said, "The way ...  BB A Vision For You, p.159  
After a bit, he said, "The way you fellows put this spiritual stuff makes sense.


2.
View STEP ONE essay   After a few such experiences, often years ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
After a few such experiences, often years before the onset of extreme difficulties, he would return to us convinced.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   After a few years with an alcoholic, ...  BB Into Action, p.81  
After a few years with an alcoholic, a wife gets worn out, resentful and uncommunicative.


4.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after a friendly talk your husband will ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
If this kind of approach does not catch your husband's interest, it may be best to drop the subject, but after a friendly talk your husband will usually revive the topic himself.


5.
View FOREWORD   ... after a large amount of failure in ...  12&12 Foreword, p.16  
After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland.


6.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after a period of sobriety, we are ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever.


7.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... after a prolonged period of drinking, I ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
This went from bad to worse until sophomore spring when, after a prolonged period of drinking, I made up my mind that I could not complete my course, so I packed my grip and went South to spend a month on a large farm owned by a friend of mine.


8.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after a spree which has brought him ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
Friends who have reasoned with him after a spree which has brought him to the point of divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a saloon.


9.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after a successful and happy business career.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
An exceptional man, he remained bone dry for twenty-five years and retired at the age of fifty-five, after a successful and happy business career.


10.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... after a time differentiate the true from ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.


11.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   After a time I returned to the ...  BB Bill's Story, p.7  
After a time I returned to the hospital.


12.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after a while.  BB To Wives, p.109  
Of those who keep on, a good number will become true alcoholics after a while.


13.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   After a while, turn the talk to ...  BB Working With Others, p.91  
After a while, turn the talk to some phase of drinking.


14.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... after a while we had to face ...  BB We Agnostics, p.44  
But after a while we had to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of life -- or else.


15.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... after all.  BB Bill's Story, p.8  
There had been much happiness after all.


16.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... after all.  BB Bill's Story, p.11  
It began to look as though religious people were right after all.


17.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... after all.  BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
He will perceive that his spiritual growth is lopsided, that for an average man like himself, a spiritual life which does not include his family obligations may not be so perfect after all.


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... after all."  BB A Vision For You, p.159  
I guess the old folks were right after all."


19.
View STEP ONE essay   ... after all.  12&12 Step One, p.23  
To the doubters we could say, "Perhaps you're not an alcoholic after all.


20.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... after all.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We begin to think that A.A. doesn't pay off after all.


21.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... after all, a lively bender was only ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Those who did would sometimes assure us that, after all, a lively bender was only a good man's fault.


22.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   After all, are you not looking for ...  BB To Employers, p.144  
After all, are you not looking for results rather than methods?


23.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... after all, determine the course of our ...  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Did not these feelings, after all, determine the course of our existence?


24.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... after all God gave us brains to ...  BB Into Action, p.86  
Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use.


25.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   After all, had he not been sober ...  BB A Vision For You, p.154  
After all, had he not been sober six months now?


26.
View STEP SIX essay   After all, hasn't it been self-interest, pure ...  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
After all, hasn't it been self-interest, pure and simple, that has enabled most of us to escape?


27.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... after all, he was a good church ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Upon hearing this, our friend was somewhat relieved, for he reflected that, after all, he was a good church member.


28.
View TRADITION THREE essay   After all his pleas for help had ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
After all his pleas for help had been rebuffed, these words rang in his fevered mind: "They have deserted me. I have been deserted by my own kind. This is the end ... nothing is left."


29.
View TRADITION THREE essay   After all, isn't fear the true basis ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
After all, isn't fear the true basis of intolerance?


30.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   After all, no man can build a ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
After all, no man can build a house until he first envisions a plan for it.


31.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... after all, nobody ever had to throw ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
So it doesn't behoove me to squawk about it for, after all, nobody ever had to throw me down and pour liquor down my throat.


32.
View STEP THREE essay   ... after all, only a bare start on ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Of course the sponsor points out that our friend's life is still unmanageable even though he is sober, that after all, only a bare start on A.A.'s program has been made.


33.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... after all, only a look.  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
The objective look at ourselves we achieved in Step Four was, after all, only a look.


34.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   After all, our problems were of our ...  BB Working With Others, p.103  
After all, our problems were of our own making.


35.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... after all, they say.  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
Dad is not so spiritual after all, they say.


36.
View TRADITION TWO essay   After all, we are experienced.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
After all, we are experienced.


37.
View TO WIVES chapter   After all, your family is reunited, alcohol ...  BB To Wives, p.119  
After all, your family is reunited, alcohol is no longer a problem and you and your husband are working together toward an undreamed-of future.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... after and extricated from endless scrapes and ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
As matters get worse, the husband becomes a sick and irresponsible child who needs to be looked after and extricated from endless scrapes and impasses.


39.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after another.  BB To Wives, p.110  
He has been placed in one institution after another.


40.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... after another clinched this determination until it ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
One dramatic experience after another clinched this determination until it became our universal tradition.


41.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... after another melts away.  12&12 Step Eight, pp.77-78  
But if a willing start is made, then the great advantages of doing this will so quickly reveal themselves that the pain will be lessened as one obstacle after another melts away.


42.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... after becomes a military casualty.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Maybe there are serious domestic or romantic difficulties, or perhaps that boy we thought God was looking after becomes a military casualty.


43.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... after being entirely free from alcohol for ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There is the type who always believes that after being entirely free from alcohol for a period of time he can take a drink without danger.


44.
View STEP NINE essay   After coming from our first meeting, or ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
After coming from our first meeting, or perhaps after we have finished reading the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," we usually want to sit down with some member of the family and readily admit the damage we have done by our drinking.


45.
View INTO ACTION chapter   After consulting with his wife and partner ...  BB Into Action, p.80  
After consulting with his wife and partner he came to the conclusion that it was better to take those risks than to stand before his Creator guilty of such ruinous slander.


46.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... after country where the A.A. seed was ...  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
In country after country where the A.A. seed was planted, it has taken root, slowly at first, then growing by leaps and bounds when literature has become available.


47.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   After dinner I decided to take a ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
After dinner I decided to take a walk.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... after doing all we can for months, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
For example, we may set our hearts on getting a particular person sobered up, and after doing all we can for months, we see him relapse.


49.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   After doing that, he must decide for ...  BB Working With Others, p.95  
After doing that, he must decide for himself whether he wants to go on.


50.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after each futile effort to reach solid ...  BB To Wives, p.107  
As animals on a treadmill, we have patiently and wearily climbed, falling back in exhaustion after each futile effort to reach solid ground.


51.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... after group saw these possibilities, they finally ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
As group after group saw these possibilities, they finally abandoned all membership regulations.


52.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... after he gets hurt some more.  BB Working With Others, p.95  
This he may do after he gets hurt some more.


53.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after he has been drinking, for he ...  BB To Wives, p.113  
But don't remind him of this after he has been drinking, for he may be angry.


54.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   After high school came four years in ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
After high school came four years in one of the best colleges in the country where drinking seemed to be a major extra-curricular activity.


55.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after his next binge, ask him if ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
But after his next binge, ask him if he would really like to get over drinking for good.


56.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after leaving the hospital a fast-moving trolley ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
Within a week after leaving the hospital a fast-moving trolley car breaks his arm.


57.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... after make clear three pertinent ideas:  BB How It Works, p.60  
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:


58.
View INTO ACTION chapter   After making our review we ask God's ...  BB Into Action, p.86  
After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.


59.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after making their resolutions; most of them ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Some will be drunk the day after making their resolutions; most of them within a few weeks.


60.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   After many painful discussions, they finally gave ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
After many painful discussions, they finally gave me my credits and I migrated to another of the leading universities of the country and entered as a Junior that Fall.


61.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... after many years' experience as Medical Director ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
I say this after many years' experience as Medical Director of one of the oldest hospitals in the country treating alcoholic and drug addiction.


62.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... after many years of experience, that we ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
We feel, after many years of experience, that we have found nothing which has contributed more to the rehabilitation of these men than the altruistic movement now growing up among them.


63.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... after month.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
Ed not only stayed, he stayed sober -- month after month.


64.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   After much argument they allowed me to ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
After much argument they allowed me to return and take my exams, all of which I passed creditably.


65.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... after nausea.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
I seemed to be able to snap back the next morning better than most of my fellow drinkers, who were cursed (or perhaps blessed) with a great deal of morning-after nausea.


66.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   After one of those days of inferno, ...  BB Bill's Story, p.4  
After one of those days of inferno, I wobbled from a hotel bar to a brokerage office.


67.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... after one was all smelled up with ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
It then occurred to me that after one was all smelled up with beer nobody could tell what had been drunk, so I began to fortify my beer with straight alcohol.


68.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... after public relations and arrange meetings.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Headed by the chairman, they look after public relations and arrange meetings.


69.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   After reading this book, a junior executive ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
After reading this book, a junior executive can go to such a man and say approximately this, "Look here, Ed.


70.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.17  
We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain's table.


71.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... after rest and treatment he will be ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
If he says yes, does he really mean it, or down inside does he think he is fooling you, and that after rest and treatment he will be able to get away with a few drinks now and then?


72.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   After satisfying yourself that your man wants ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
After satisfying yourself that your man wants to recover and that he will go to any extreme to do so, you may suggest a definite course of action.


73.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after serious drinking bouts and tells you ...  BB To Wives, p.109  
He is remorseful after serious drinking bouts and tells you he wants to stop.


74.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   After several failures to find others, a ...  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
After several failures to find others, a fourth turned up.


75.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... after some relapses, and among the remainder, ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement.


76.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... after story of how humility had brought ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We heard story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness.


77.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   After such an approach many take up ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again.


78.
View STEP NINE essay   After taking this preliminary trial at making ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
After taking this preliminary trial at making amends, we may enjoy such a sense of relief that we conclude our task is finished.


79.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... after the dinner, and then proceeded to ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
I got tight that night, stayed sober Monday till after the dinner, and then proceeded to get tight again.


80.
View STEP TWELVE essay   After the husband joins A.A., the wife ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
After the husband joins A.A., the wife may become discontented, even highly resentful that Alcoholics Anonymous has done the very thing that all her years of devotion had failed to do.


81.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... after the man with the double stigma ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
Not long after the man with the double stigma knocked for admission, A.A.'s other group received into its membership a salesman we shall call Ed.


82.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... after the market closed.  BB Bill's Story, p.4  
It was eight o'clock -- five hours after the market closed.


83.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... after the meetings, where so many skeptical, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.


84.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... after the next bender which, if an ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.


85.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... after the phone-answering service, answers the mail, ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
The secretary sees that literature is on the table, looks after the phone-answering service, answers the mail, and sends out notices of meetings.


86.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... after the place full time.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
So somebody had to look after the place full time.


87.
View INTO ACTION chapter   After the sermon, he quietly got up ...  BB Into Action, p.80  
After the sermon, he quietly got up and made an explanation.


88.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... after the third or fourth, pounded on ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
How often have some of us begun to drink in this nonchalant way, and after the third or fourth, pounded on the bar and said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ever get started again?"


89.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... after their mother has accepted dad's new ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
This may hang on for months, long after their mother has accepted dad's new way of living and thinking.


90.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after these bouts and quieted himself with ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
He was very nervous in the morning after these bouts and quieted himself with more liquor.


91.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   After they have seen tangible results, the ...  BB Working With Others, p.99  
After they have seen tangible results, the family will perhaps want to go along.


92.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   After they have succumbed to the desire ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again.


93.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... after they whole-heartedly met a few simple ...  BB We Agnostics, p.50  
This happened soon after they whole-heartedly met a few simple requirements.


94.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after this chapter was written. Though it ...  BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
(*) The fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups was formed about thirteen years after this chapter was written. Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, it uses the general principles of the A.A. program as a guide for husbands, wives, relatives, friends and others close to alcoholics. The foregoing pages (though addressed only to wives) indicate the problems such people may face. Alateen, for teen-aged children of alcoholics, is a part of Al-Anon.


95.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   After three years of this, I wound ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
After three years of this, I wound up in the local hospital where they attempted to help me, but I would get my friends to smuggle me a quart, or I would steal the alcohol about the building, so that I got rapidly worse.


96.
View FOREWORD   After three years of trial and error ...  12&12 Foreword, p.16  
After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland.


97.
View STEP TWO essay   ... after time, my instructors held up to ...  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Time after time, my instructors held up to me the basic principle of all scientific progress: search and research, again and again, always with the open mind.


98.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... after time newcomers have tried to keep ...  BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


99.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after time the desperate experiment of the ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink?


100.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... after time, their uncertain flames blew out ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
Time after time, their uncertain flames blew out and couldn't be relighted.


101.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... after time, this apparent calamity has been ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
Time after time, this apparent calamity has been a boon to us, for it opened up a path which led to the discovery of God.


102.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   After two weeks of drinking, he had ...  BB To Employers, p.137  
After two weeks of drinking, he had placed his toe on the trigger of a loaded shotgun -- the barrel was in his mouth.


103.
View STEP TWO essay   After we came to A.A., we had ...  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
After we came to A.A., we had to recognize that this trait had been an ego-feeding proposition.


104.
View STEP TWELVE essay   After we come into A.A., if we ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security -- emotional security and financial security -- commence to change profoundly.


105.
View STEP NINE essay   ... after we have finished reading the book ...  12&12 Step Nine, pp.83-84  
After coming from our first meeting, or perhaps after we have finished reading the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," we usually want to sit down with some member of the family and readily admit the damage we have done by our drinking.


106.
View STEP NINE essay   After we have made the list of ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
After we have made the list of people we have harmed, have reflected carefully upon each instance, and have tried to possess ourselves of the right attitude in which to proceed, we will see that the making of direct amends divides those we should approach into several classes.


107.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... after we have tried this for a ...  BB Into Action, p.86  
We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.


108.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after what I had learned.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I rather appreciated your ideas about the subtle insanity which precedes the first drink, but I was confident it could not happen to me after what I had learned.


109.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... after what we thought was happiness.  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness.


110.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... after what you have told us that ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again.


111.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... after which the pant-leg and stocking racket ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
This worked nicely until my wife and I went to see Wallace Beery in "Tugboat Annie," after which the pant-leg and stocking racket were out!


112.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   After your man has gone along without ...  BB To Employers, p.146  
After your man has gone along without drinking for a few months, you may be able to make use of his services with other employees who are giving you the alcoholic run-around -- provided, of course, they are willing to have a third party in the picture.


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