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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 BILL'S STORY chapter   ... back.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
As I drank, the old fierce determination to win came back.


2.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... back.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
But the day he comes out he races in front of a fire engine, which breaks his back.


3.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... back.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back.


4.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... back.   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Yet many of us still hung back.


5.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... back again.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
That war-time day in old Winchester Cathedral came back again.


6.
View TRADITION ONE essay   Back again in their caves, alcoholics would ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Back again in their caves, alcoholics would reproach us and say, "What a great thing A.A. might have been!"


7.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back airing porch when winter days got ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
I used to put eight or twelve ounce bottles of alcohol in a fur lined glove and toss it onto the back airing porch when winter days got dark enough.


8.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... back and fished out a dime, which ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
Hastily, I dropped it back and fished out a dime, which clinked thinly as I dropped it in the hat.


9.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... back and forth over our careers, and ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever.


10.
View STEP TEN essay   ... back and think.   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
When we are tempted by the bait, we should train ourselves to step back and think.


11.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... back, as my wife and I sought ...   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
There were flights from city to country and back, as my wife and I sought escape.


12.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... back at them.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
With great sarcasm Ed came back at them.


13.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... back away from their individual responsibilities to ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Nor does it mean that the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, now restored as citizens of the world, are going to back away from their individual responsibilities to act as they see the right upon issues of our time.


14.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... back debts; the third deck would house ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Beginning on the ground floor there would be a club; in the second story they would sober up drunks and hand them currency for their back debts; the third deck would house an educational project -- quite noncontroversial, of course.


15.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... back every time he tries to look ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Both his pride and his fear beat him back every time he tries to look within himself.


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... back for one reason or another.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
In some cases the wife will never come back for one reason or another.


17.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back for two more quarters and remain ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I was, of course, soon on the carpet and the upshot was that I had to go back for two more quarters and remain absolutely dry, if I wished to graduate.


18.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... back from the gates of death.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death.


19.
View STEP TWO essay   ... back, I find that I took it ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Looking back, I find that I took it piecemeal myself.


20.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back, I thought that I was safe.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
When beer first came back, I thought that I was safe.


21.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... back in a little while hoping, always ...   BB To Wives, p.105  
Our friends have counseled chucking the men and we have done so with finality, only to be back in a little while hoping, always hoping.


22.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... back in exhaustion after each futile effort ...   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.


23.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... back in here again, we observe a ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Even among those who occasionally land back in here again, we observe a profound change in personality.


24.
View STEP ONE essay   ... back in our own drinking histories, we ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression.


25.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... back in the 1920's.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
Handing it to me, he continued, 'This shows the kind of money the hospital used to make back in the 1920's.


26.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... back in the hospital.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
One day we were told that he was back in the hospital.


27.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... back instantly!   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Sometimes they demand that dad bring them back instantly!


28.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... back into his community in full citizenship, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


29.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... back into the drink.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
Everybody was scared witless that something or somebody would capsize the boat and dump us all back into the drink.


30.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back into the old habits which had ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
I drank with moderation at first, but it took me only a relatively short time to drift back into the old habits which had wound up so disastrously before.


31.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... back into the social life of this ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Now you are getting back into the social life of this world.


32.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... back nevertheless.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
The story he told is most instructive, for here was a chap absolutely convinced he had to stop drinking, who had no excuse for drinking, who exhibited splendid judgment and determination in all his other concerns, yet was flat on his back nevertheless.


33.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... back nothing, only by being willing to ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility.


34.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... back nothing, your sense of relief will ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount from minute to minute.


35.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... back of any other cause.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause.


36.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   Back of them is a world of ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
Back of them is a world of ignorance and misunderstanding.


37.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... back on Step Five.   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Few muddled attitudes have caused us more trouble than holding back on Step Five.


38.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... back over his life, he can readily ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Looking back over his life, he can readily get under way by consideration of questions such as these:


39.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back steps where I could get it ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
My bootlegger had hidden alcohol at the back steps where I could get it at my convenience.


40.
View STEP TEN essay   ... back the esteem of our friends and ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Now that we're in A.A. and sober, and winning back the esteem of our friends and business associates, we find that we still need to exercise special vigilance.


41.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back the next morning better than most ...   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.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back there in some way, and I ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
Finally my father had to send a doctor out from my home town who managed to get me back there in some way, and I was in bed about two months before I could venture out of the house.


43.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... back, they think.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
The good old days will soon be back, they think.


44.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... back through our lives.   BB How It Works, p.65  
We went back through our lives.


45.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... back through our lives as far as ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Then, as year by year we walk back through our lives as far as memory will reach, we shall be bound to construct a long list of people who have, to some extent or other, been affected.


46.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... back to Brooklyn on the subway, I ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Racing back to Brooklyn on the subway, I had a seeming flash of divine guidance.


47.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... back to drink, but I soon found ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day.


48.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... back to husband number one.   BB To Wives, p.110  
Let's now go back to husband number one.


49.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... back to it even if I could."   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
I would not go back to it even if I could."


50.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... back to sit in the meeting place, ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Groups have tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out."


51.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... back to that sunlit beach -- or to ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
So let's get back to that sunlit beach -- or to the plains or to the mountains, if you prefer.


52.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... back to the bar.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
I went back to the bar.


53.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... back to the fraternity house because of ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
Many mornings I have gone to classes, and even though fully prepared, would turn and walk back to the fraternity house because of my jitters, not daring to enter the classroom for fear of making a scene should I be called on for recitation.


54.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... back to the list, for it held ...   BB How It Works, p.66  
We turned back to the list, for it held the key to the future.


55.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... back to you from him.   BB To Wives, p.118  
Show him these things in yourself and they will be reflected back to you from him.


56.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... back too soon.   BB Working With Others, p.100  
We have seen others slip when the family came back too soon.


57.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... back, we feel we had gone on ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
As we look back, we feel we had gone on drinking many years beyond the point where we could quit on our will power.


58.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... back, we realize that the things which ...   BB Working With Others, p.100  
When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned.


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