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1.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... find a cure for cancer, and upon ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Alcoholics Anonymous can be likened to a group of physicians who might find a cure for cancer, and upon whose concerted work would depend the answer for sufferers of this disease.


2.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... find a customer for a car at ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
I also had the notion that I might find a customer for a car at this place, which was familiar for I had been going to it for years.


3.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... find a drunk to work on.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
But first I'd have to find a drunk to work on.


4.
View STEP TWO essay   ... find a faith that works?   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Can A.A. experience tell all these they may still find a faith that works?


5.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find a Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Some day we hope that every alcoholic who journeys will find a Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination.


6.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... find a good public relations man in ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
If they could find a good public relations man in our ranks, why wouldn't he be ideal?


7.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find a mate of the opposite sex ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.


8.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... find a means of reducing these demands.   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find a new joy of living in ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we find a new joy of living in trying to do something about all these things?


10.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find a place where we can be ...   BB Into Action, p.75  
Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done.


11.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find a power by which we could ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.


12.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find a Power greater than yourself which ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient.   BB Into Action, p.72  
In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient.


14.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find a solution for the pressing problem ...   BB To Wives, p.117  
If you and your husband find a solution for the pressing problem of drink you are, of course, going to be very happy.


15.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find a spiritual basis of life -- or ...   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.


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find a spiritual experience, we ask that ...   BB Into Action, p.79  
Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be.


17.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find a way out.   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
They will approach still other sick ones and fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous may spring up in each city and hamlet, havens for those who must find a way out.


18.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find a way to do so.   BB To Wives, p.110  
He clings to the notion that he will yet find a way to do so.


19.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find a wide variation in the way ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
In our personal stories you will find a wide variation in the way each teller approaches and conceives of the Power which is greater than himself.


20.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... find A.A. in your locality, visit our ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If you cannot find A.A. in your locality, visit our Web site: www.aa.org; or a letter addressed to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, USA, will receive a prompt reply from this world center, referring you to the nearest A.A. group.


21.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find among our western friends.   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
There are the same fast friendships, there is the same helpfulness to one another as you find among our western friends.


22.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... find an easier, softer way.   BB How It Works, p.58  
We thought we could find an easier, softer way.


23.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... find and do the will of our ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator.


24.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find and join us.   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Give freely of what you find and join us.


25.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... find, and talked to everyone who I ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
I read everything I could find, and talked to everyone who I thought knew anything about it.


26.
View FOREWORD   ... find application outside A.A. itself.   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Though the essays which follow were written mainly for members, it is thought by many of A.A.'s friends that these pieces might arouse interest and find application outside A.A. itself.


27.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find companionship and release.   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
In there he would find companionship and release.


28.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find, depends upon able example and not ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
True leadership, we find, depends upon able example and not upon vain displays of power or glory.


29.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find emotional security by being dominating or ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We were still trying to find emotional security by being dominating or dependent upon others.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find emotional sobriety.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.


31.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... find exactly how, when, and where our ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us.


32.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find God in a hurry, or exhibit ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may demand that the family find God in a hurry, or exhibit amazing indifference to them and say he is above worldly considerations.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... find God, the desire must come from ...   BB Working With Others, p.95  
If he is to find God, the desire must come from within.


34.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find guiding.   BB Into Action, p.79  
Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding.


35.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... find hard to match.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Ever since, these friends have reported A.A. with an enthusiasm which the most ardent members would find hard to match.


36.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... find he can win out.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
We doubt if many of them can do it, because none will really want to stop, and hardly one of them, because of the peculiar mental twist already acquired, will find he can win out.


37.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find he has much in common with ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Being possessed of a spiritual experience, the alcoholic will find he has much in common with these people, though he may differ with them on many matters.


38.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... find here nothing disturbing to their beliefs ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
Those having religious affiliations will find here nothing disturbing to their beliefs or ceremonies.


39.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... find Him now!   BB How It Works, p.59  
May you find Him now!


40.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find him reading the book once more.   BB To Wives, p.113  
Sooner or later, you are likely to find him reading the book once more.


41.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find his home ruined.   BB Into Action, p.82  
He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined.


42.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find how different we were from one ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
The doctors weren't trying to find how different we were from one another; they sought to find whatever personality traits, if any, this group of alcoholics had in common.


43.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... find human opinions running to extremes -- absurd ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
Here we find human opinions running to extremes -- absurd extremes, perhaps.


44.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... find, in measure to transcend all the ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
And this they did find, in measure to transcend all the defects of their frail craft, every test of uncertainty, pain, fear, and despair, and even the death of one.


45.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find in this book.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book.


46.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find it a real mistake to dampen ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
We find it a real mistake to dampen his enthusiasm for alcoholic work.


47.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... find it a waste of time to ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you.


48.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find it better, when possible, to stick ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We find it better, when possible, to stick to our own stories.


49.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... find it difficult and troublesome and may ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
If a sufficiently strong reason -- ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor -- becomes operative, this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention.


50.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find it hard to re-establish friendly relations ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly relations with his children.


51.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... find, it is essentially an individual adventure, ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way.


52.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find it much more beneficial to us.   BB Into Action, p.77  
It is harder to go to an enemy than to a friend, but we find it much more beneficial to us.


53.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find it necessary, until they told someone ...   BB Into Action, p.73  
But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense we find it necessary, until they told someone else all their life story.


54.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find it solves our problems too; the ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
When we do that, we find it solves our problems too; the ensuing lack of fear, worry and hurt feelings is a wonderful thing.


55.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... find life more bearable.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
And even though he continues to drink, the family will find life more bearable.


56.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find loving and understanding companionship among women ...   BB A Vision For You, p.160  
Many a distracted wife has visited this house to find loving and understanding companionship among women who knew her problem, to hear from the lips of their husbands what had happened to them, to be advised how her own wayward mate might be hospitalized and approached when next he stumbled.


57.
View STEP TWO essay   ... find many members who have crossed the ...   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
You will find many members who have crossed the threshold just this way.


58.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... find me drunk.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
My wife began to work in a department store, coming home exhausted to find me drunk.


59.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... find needed care.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Now and then, A.A. members have bought farms or rest homes where badly beat-up topers could find needed care.


60.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find new avenues of usefulness and pleasure.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
If he does not argue about religion, he will make new friends and is sure to find new avenues of usefulness and pleasure.


61.
View STEP ONE essay   ... find no enduring strength until we first ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.


62.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... find no serenity until I accept that ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.


63.
View STEP ONE essay   ... find none at all.   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Of real happiness he will find none at all.


64.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... find one in the pages of this ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.


65.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find one much better.   BB To Wives, p.120  
You will lose the old life to find one much better.


66.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find others, a fourth turned up.   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
After several failures to find others, a fourth turned up.


67.
View STEP TEN essay   ... find ourselves getting tangled up.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
There's the spot-check inventory, taken at any time of the day, whenever we find ourselves getting tangled up.


68.
View STEP THREE essay   ... find ourselves more independent personally.   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
By so accepting our dependence upon this marvel of science, we find ourselves more independent personally.


69.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find out about his alcoholism.   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He told how he lived in constant worry about those who might find out about his alcoholism.


70.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... find out all you can about him.   BB Working With Others, p.90  
When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him.


71.
View INTRODUCTION   ... find recovery, there exists strong sentiment within ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
However, because the book has helped so many alcoholics find recovery, there exists strong sentiment within the Fellowship against any change to it.


72.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find release from care, boredom and worry.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
There you will find release from care, boredom and worry.


73.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... find some by asking a few doctors, ...   BB Working With Others, p.89  
You can easily find some by asking a few doctors, ministers, priests or hospitals.


74.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... find some of these treasures, too.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
He hoped, God willing, that he might be able to find some of these treasures, too.


75.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... find some person, place, thing or situation ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.


76.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... find someone desperate enough to accept with ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
You are sure to find someone desperate enough to accept with eagerness what you offer.


77.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find such a person quick to see ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
We often find such a person quick to see and understand our problem.


78.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... find such convictions no great obstacle to ...   BB There Is A Solution, pp.28-29  
Surprisingly enough, we find such convictions no great obstacle to a spiritual experience.


79.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... find that at some time in the ...   BB How It Works, p.62  
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.


80.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find that "Faith without works is dead."   BB Into Action, p.76  
Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead."


81.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find that his excess enthusiasm will tone ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
If you cooperate, rather than complain, you will find that his excess enthusiasm will tone down.


82.
View STEP TWO essay   ... find that I took it piecemeal myself.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Looking back, I find that I took it piecemeal myself.


83.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... find that many of these questions apply ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Businesswomen in A.A. will naturally find that many of these questions apply to them, too.


84.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find that most of this embarrassment is ...   BB To Wives, p.115  
We find that most of this embarrassment is unnecessary.


85.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... find that no one need have difficulty ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.


86.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find that our old attitudes toward our ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
And as we grow spiritually, we find that our old attitudes toward our instincts need to undergo drastic revisions.


87.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find that our thinking will, as time ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration.


88.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... find that they have tapped an unsuspected ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.


89.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... find that this has happened automatically.   BB Into Action, pp.84-85  
We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically.


90.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... find that this is so simply because ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.53-54  
Because our surface record hasn't looked too bad, we have frequently been abashed to find that this is so simply because we have buried these selfsame defects deep down in us under thick layers of self-justification.


91.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... find that though the harm done others ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
In many instances we shall find that though the harm done others has not been great, the emotional harm we have done ourselves has.


92.
View STEP THREE essay   ... find that we can always open it ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more.


93.
View STEP TEN essay   ... find that we still need to exercise ...   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.


94.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... find that we were as tight as ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We were astounded to find that we were as tight as the bark on a tree.


95.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... find that's what we have to be.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
Yet we find that's what we have to be.


96.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find that when drinking is stopped the ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Couples are occasionally dismayed to find that when drinking is stopped the man tends to be impotent.


97.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... find that you can dispose of serious ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
You and your husband will find that you can dispose of serious problems easier than you can the trivial ones.


98.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find the fellowship, and so will you.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you.


99.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... find the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Our earliest printing voiced the hope "that every alcoholic who journeys will find the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination.


100.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... find the fellowship they seek.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
We meet frequently so that newcomers may find the fellowship they seek.


101.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... find the grace by which such a ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
If that degree of humility could enable us to find the grace by which such a deadly obsession could be banished, then there must be hope of the same result respecting any other problem we could possibly have.


102.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... find the grace in his own religion ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
Finally, he saw that I wasn't attempting to change his religious views, that I wanted him to find the grace in his own religion that would aid his recovery.


103.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find the more one member of the ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
We find the more one member of the family demands that the others concede to him, the more resentful they become.


104.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... find their real strength.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
Each needed to consider the others, and in abiding faith they knew they must find their real strength.


105.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find themselves neglected.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
The family will be affected also, pleasantly at first, as they feel their money troubles are about to be solved, then not so pleasantly as they find themselves neglected.


106.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find these people?"   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
"Where am I to find these people?"


107.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find this Power?   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
But where and how were we to find this Power?


108.
View FOREWORD   ... find twoscore of sure recoveries in all ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Even then it was hard to find twoscore of sure recoveries in all three groups.


109.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... find understanding companionship and approval.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval.


110.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... find us even more unapproachable than do ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
Strangely enough, wives, parents and intimate friends usually find us even more unapproachable than do the psychiatrist and the doctor.


111.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... find us only through a few trusted ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
New prospects could find us only through a few trusted friends.


112.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... find we are soon overcome by them.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
But those of us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and trouble of others find we are soon overcome by them.


113.
View STEP TEN essay   ... find we need something much better in ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Although these attitudes are common enough, we A.A.'s find we need something much better in order to keep our balance.


114.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... find whatever personality traits, if any, this ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
The doctors weren't trying to find how different we were from one another; they sought to find whatever personality traits, if any, this group of alcoholics had in common.


115.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... find you cannot quit entirely, or if ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.


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