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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alone.  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
They can take it or leave it alone.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alone.  BB To Wives, p.105  
We came to live almost alone.


3.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alone.  BB To Wives, p.113  
If he is lukewarm or thinks he is not an alcoholic, we suggest you leave him alone.


4.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alone.  BB To Employers, p.139  
As a moderate drinker, you can take your liquor or leave it alone.


5.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... alone.  BB To Employers, p.144  
Meanwhile, we are sure a great deal can be accomplished by the use of the book alone.


6.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alone."  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
Then he added, "He sure didn't do much for me when I was trying to fight this booze racket alone."


7.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... alone.  BB A Vision For You, p.163  
You are saying to yourself: "I'm jittery and alone.


8.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... alone.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone.


9.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... alone.  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone.


10.
View STEP TWO essay   ... alone.  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brainpower alone.


11.
View STEP THREE essay   ... alone.  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
We'll listen politely to those who would advise us, but all the decisions are to be ours alone.


12.
View STEP THREE essay   ... alone.  12&12 Step Three, p.40  
They have become persuaded, and rightly so, that many problems besides alcohol will not yield to a headlong assault powered by the individual alone.


13.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone.  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.106-107  
When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.


14.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Surrounded by so many A.A. friends, these so-called loners tell us they no longer feel alone.


15.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... alone.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Enthusiastic over the spectacular recovery of a brother alcoholic, we'd sometimes discuss those intimate and harrowing aspects of his case meant for his sponsor's ear alone.


16.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... alone and afraid.  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
In time all his protectors either flee or die, and he is once more left alone and afraid.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone any more.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Through it we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us; we don't have to be alone any more.


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone any more in a social sense, ...  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
But we soon discovered that while we weren't alone any more in a social sense, we still suffered many of the old pangs of anxious apartness.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... alone at perfect peace and ease.  BB Into Action, p.75  
We can be alone at perfect peace and ease.


20.
View STEP THREE essay   ... alone can avail nothing.  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing.


21.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alone can judge our sex situation.  BB How It Works, p.69  
God alone can judge our sex situation.


22.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone digest.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Then perhaps life, as it has a way of doing, suddenly hands us a great big lump that we can't begin to swallow, let alone digest.


23.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... alone, for drinking many times isolates the ...  BB To Wives, p.119  
It is probably true that you and your husband have been living too much alone, for drinking many times isolates the wife of an alcoholic.


24.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alone for one year.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
If anyone questions whether he has entered this dangerous area, let him try leaving liquor alone for one year.


25.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alone, he may soon become convinced that ...  BB Working With Others, p.96  
If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself.


26.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... alone, he'd soon solve his alcohol problem.  12&12 Tradition Five, pp.151-152  
He shouts that if his partner would treat him better, and his wife would leave him alone, he'd soon solve his alcohol problem.


27.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone; how much they suffered of irritability, ...  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alone, if possible.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
See your man alone, if possible.


29.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... alone in his room, he asked himself ...  BB We Agnostics, p.56  
But later, alone in his room, he asked himself this question: "Is it possible that all the religious people I have known are wrong?"


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes.


31.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone in spiritual matters is dangerous.  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Going it alone in spiritual matters is dangerous.


32.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone in the world, we still vainly ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.116-117  
Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... alone is insufficient.  BB Working With Others, p.93  
He may be an example of the truth that faith alone is insufficient.


34.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... alone! Let him try it by himself ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
"Leave him alone! Let him try it by himself for once; maybe he'll learn a lesson!"


35.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone may be garbled by our own ...  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
The second difficulty is this: what comes to us alone may be garbled by our own rationalization and wishful thinking.


36.
View STEP ONE essay   ... alone meditation and prayer?  12&12 Step One, p.24  
Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let alone meditation and prayer?


37.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... alone mete out any punishment.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Neither its General Service Conference, its Foundation Board,(*) nor the humblest group committee can issue a single directive to an A.A. member and make it stick, let alone mete out any punishment.


38.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums -- we could increase the list ad infinitum.


39.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... alone, no matter how great the necessity ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it -- this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.


40.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Alone now, he reflects that he may ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
Alone now, he reflects that he may not be able to stay sober, or even alive, unless he passes on to other alcoholics what was so freely given him.


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone on the street to depend upon ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
But when self-will had driven everybody away and our isolation had become complete, it caused us to play the big shot in cheap barrooms and then fare forth alone on the street to depend upon the charity of passersby.


42.
View STEP TEN essay   ... alone, or in the company of our ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Then there are those occasions when alone, or in the company of our sponsor or spiritual adviser, we make a careful review of our progress since the last time.


43.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... alone sin.  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Some will become quite annoyed if there is talk about immorality, let alone sin.


44.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... alone than with one who might misunderstand.  BB How It Works, p.63  
But it is better to meet God alone than with one who might misunderstand.


45.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... alone, that is your affair.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair.


46.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... alone. Why can't he?"  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
How many times people have said to us: "I can take it or leave it alone. Why can't he?"


47.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing ...  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Somehow, being alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone with our conflicts, and in honesty ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being.


49.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone with our pressing problems and the ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them.


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... alone, wouldn't be enough.  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.107-108  
Looking at Step Five, we decided that an inventory, taken alone, wouldn't be enough.


51.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... alone, wouldn't be nearly enough.  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough.


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