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1.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first.  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we found we could not place money first.


2.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... First  BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
First Things First


3.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... first.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Hence our common welfare comes first.


4.
View CONTENTS   ... first.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Placing spiritual growth first.


5.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first?  12&12 Step One, p.24  
Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first?


6.
View STEP TWO essay   ... first.  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Just resign from the debating society and quit bothering yourself with such deep questions as whether it was the hen or the egg that came first.


7.
View STEP TWO essay   ... first.  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first.


8.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first.  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
Rebellion dogs our every step at first.


9.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... first.  12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
How well they saw that their common welfare came first.


10.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... first.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, and it comes first.


11.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... first.  12&12 Tradition One (Long), p.189  
Hence our common welfare comes first.


12.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... first 100 members could have hoped to ...  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, pp.xxiii-xxiv  
The stories added to this edition represent a membership whose characteristics -- of age, gender, race, and culture -- have widened and have deepened to encompass virtually everyone the first 100 members could have hoped to reach.


13.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... first a flimsy reed, has proved to ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God.


14.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question.


15.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first A.A. group had actually been formed, ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
When the broker returned to New York in the fall of 1935, the first A.A. group had actually been formed, though no one realized it at the time.


16.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first A.A. group was struck at Akron, ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
The spark that was to flare into the first A.A. group was struck at Akron, Ohio, in June 1935, during a talk between a New York stockbroker and an Akron physician.


17.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first accepted his devastating weakness and all ...  12&12 Step One, p.21  
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences.


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first accurate self-survey.  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
The real tests of the situation are your own willingness to confide and your full confidence in the one with whom you share your first accurate self-survey.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first acquaintance, the lawyer and the devil-may-care ...  BB A Vision For You, p.159  
He now returned home, leaving behind his first acquaintance, the lawyer and the devil-may-care chap.


20.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first actually felt the presence of God.  12&12 Step Five, p.62  
Many an A.A., once agnostic or atheistic, tells us that it was during this stage of Step Five that he first actually felt the presence of God.


21.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... first ad before an awful shriek would ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
The ink wouldn't be dry on the first ad before an awful shriek would go up from the dry camp.


22.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first admit complete defeat is the main ...  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.


23.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first admitted that we were powerless over ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Step One showed us an amazing paradox: We found that we were totally unable to be rid of the alcohol obsession until we first admitted that we were powerless over it.


24.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first aid and place what we have ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
When we see a man sinking into the mire that is alcoholism, we give him first aid and place what we have at his disposal.


25.
View STEP TWO essay   First, Alcoholics Anonymous does not demand that ...  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
First, Alcoholics Anonymous does not demand that you believe anything.


26.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... first alcoholics he has helped.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Very soon, though, his assumed authority to run everything begins to be shared with the first alcoholics he has helped.


27.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... first, and had they then taken steps ...  BB To Employers, p.141  
Had they fired me first, and had they then taken steps to see that I was presented with the solution contained in this book, I might have returned to them six months later, a well man.


28.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... first, and one of the most difficult, ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
The first, and one of the most difficult, has to do with forgiveness.


29.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first, and that material satisfactions were not ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living.


30.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first approach.  BB Into Action, p.76  
To some people we need not, and probably should not emphasize the spiritual feature on our first approach.


31.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first, as they feel their money troubles ...  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.


32.
View FOREWORD   ... first at Akron, the second at New ...  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.


33.
View STEP TWO essay   ... first at the case of the one ...  12&12 Step Two, p.25  
Let's look first at the case of the one who says he won't believe -- the belligerent one.


34.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first attempt at a mood, a flier ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
This much could be a fragment of what is called meditation, perhaps our very first attempt at a mood, a flier into the realm of spirit, if you like.


35.
View STEP THREE essay   ... first attempt to do this.  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Step Three represents our first attempt to do this.


36.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... first backtracks and really makes an accurate ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.


37.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first be startled to realize that God ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Though we may at first be startled to realize that God knows all about us, we are apt to get used to that quite quickly.


38.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... first because we must, and ultimately because ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
So we of A.A. do obey spiritual principles, first because we must, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedience brings.


39.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... first, but it took me only a ...  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.


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... first but, within a short time, it ...  BB To Employers, p.145  
Only a few knew of it at first but, within a short time, it was billboarded throughout the entire company.


41.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... first came back, I thought that I ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
When beer first came back, I thought that I was safe.


42.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first case, a desperate one, recovered immediately ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Their very first case, a desperate one, recovered immediately and became A.A. number three.


43.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... "first cause" of some sort, the God ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
No doubt the universe had a "first cause" of some sort, the God of the Atom, maybe, hot and cold by turns.


44.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first challenged to admit defeat, most of ...  12&12 Step One, p.22  
When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted.


45.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... first citizens took us to their homes, ...  BB Bill's Story, p.1  
War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first class alcoholic prospect.  BB A Vision For You, p.156  
They explained their need and inquired if she had a first class alcoholic prospect.


47.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... first conscious relation with God as we ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.


48.
View STEP NINE essay   ... first consult those who are to be ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Or do we first consult those who are to be gravely affected?


49.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first crushed grapes.  12&12 Step One, p.22  
And this had been true, apparently, ever since man had first crushed grapes.


50.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first days of convalescence, this will do ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
During those first days of convalescence, this will do more to insure his sobriety than anything else.


52.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first decided they didn't want the program.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Other thousands came to a few A.A. meetings and at first decided they didn't want the program.


53.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... first discussion.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
Though you have talked with the family, leave them out of the first discussion.


54.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first disrupting experience the conviction grew that ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
But out of this frightening and at first disrupting experience the conviction grew that A.A.'s had to hang together or die separately.


55.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... first drink.  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
We are without defense against the first drink.


56.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first drink?  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?


57.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first drink.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink.


58.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first drink.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
Not only had I been off guard, I had made no fight whatever against the first drink.


59.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first drink.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink.


60.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first drink.  BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Again it was the old, insidious insanity -- that first drink.


61.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first drink.  BB A Vision For You, p.157  
There was much talk about the mental state preceding the first drink.


62.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... first drink, and on Armistice Day 1934, ...  BB Bill's Story, p.8  
Then came the insidious insanity of that first drink, and on Armistice Day 1934, I was off again.


63.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first drink as that of an individual ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
Our behavior is as absurd and incomprehensible with respect to the first drink as that of an individual with a passion, say, for jay-walking.


64.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first drink, but I was confident it ...  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.


65.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... first drink it would, if taken, inevitably ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Compared to this prospect, the ten thousand dollars under consideration wasn't much, but like the alcoholic's first drink it would, if taken, inevitably set up a disastrous chain reaction.


66.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... first drink of a spree.  BB Working With Others, p.92  
Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree.


67.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... first drink prevents normal functioning of the ...  BB Working With Others, p.92  
Show him, from your own experience, how the queer mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power.


68.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... first drink than you have.  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
And the truth, strange to say, is usually that he has no more idea why he took that first drink than you have.


69.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never took the first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion.


70.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first drink, we often get quite far ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Without necessarily taking that first drink, we often get quite far off the beam.


71.
View PREFACE   ... first edition added the appendix "Spiritual Experience"; ...  BB Preface, p.xi  
The second printing of the first edition added the appendix "Spiritual Experience"; in the second edition, the appendices on A.A. Tradition, the "medical view" and "religious view" of A.A., the Lasker Award and information on how to contact A.A. were added, and the appendix on the Alcoholic Foundation was discontinued.


72.
View PREFACE   ... first edition appeared in April 1939, and ...  BB Preface, p.xi  
The first edition appeared in April 1939, and in the following sixteen years, more than 300,000 copies went into circulation.


73.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... first edition in 1939.  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
This is the Foreword as it appeared in the first printing of the first edition in 1939.


74.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first edition of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," ...  12&12 Step One, p.22  
That is why the first edition of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," published when our membership was small, dealt with low-bottom cases only.


75.
View PREFACE   ... first edition were retained intact; three were ...  BB Preface, pp.xi-xii  
"Bill's Story," "Doctor Bob's Nightmare," and one other personal history from the first edition were retained intact; three were edited and one of these was retitled; new versions of two stories were written, with new titles; thirty completely new stories were added; and the story section was divided into three parts, under the same headings that are used now.


76.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... first endorsement of Alcoholics Anonymous, medical societies ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Since Dr. Silkworth's first endorsement of Alcoholics Anonymous, medical societies and physicians throughout the world have set their approval upon us.


77.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... first engage in general conversation.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
At first engage in general conversation.


78.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first envisions a plan for it.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
After all, no man can build a house until he first envisions a plan for it.


79.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first example is a friend we shall ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
Our first example is a friend we shall call Jim.


80.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first experience of this kind, and he ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
It was his first experience of this kind, and he was much ashamed of it.


81.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first felt truly able to forgive others, ...  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.


82.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... first few chapters a number of sudden ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
In the first few chapters a number of sudden revolutionary changes are described.


83.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... first few excursions into major publicity, which ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Then came our first few excursions into major publicity, which were breathtaking.


84.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first five proposals we ask if we ...  BB Into Action, p.75  
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last.


85.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first flush of spiritual experience they forgave ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
In the first flush of spiritual experience they forgave each other and drew closer together.


86.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first fruits is emotional balance.  12&12 Step Eleven, pp.101-102  
One of its first fruits is emotional balance.


87.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first fruits of Step Four.  12&12 Step Four, p.50  
These are the first fruits of Step Four.


88.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... first glance, it did look like a ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
At first glance, it did look like a good thing.


89.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first group, at Akron, Ohio, in 1935.  BB A Vision For You (Note), p.156  
(*) This refers to Bill's and Dr. Bob's first visit to A.A. Number Three. See the Pioneer Section. This resulted in A.A.'s first group, at Akron, Ohio, in 1935.


90.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... first half dozen prospects.  BB Working With Others, p.96  
One of our Fellowship failed entirely with his first half dozen prospects.


91.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first have a look at those personal ...  12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Since Step Four is but the beginning of a lifetime practice, it can be suggested that he first have a look at those personal flaws which are acutely troublesome and fairly obvious.


92.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... first he goes along because he must, ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
At first he goes along because he must, but later he discovers a way of life he really wants to live.


93.
View CONTENTS   ... first. How best to live and work ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition One), p.9  
Tradition One -- "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." Without unity, A.A. dies. Individual liberty, yet great unity. Key to paradox: each A.A.'s life depends on obedience to spiritual principles. The group must survive or the individual will not. Common welfare comes first. How best to live and work together as groups.


94.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... first I'd have to find a drunk ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
But first I'd have to find a drunk to work on.


95.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first: If we skip this vital step, ...  BB Into Action, p.72  
The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.


96.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first impulse will be to bury these ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
The first impulse will be to bury these skeletons in a dark closet and padlock the door.


97.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first International Conference held at Cleveland.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Though none of these principles had the force of rules or laws, they had become so widely accepted by 1950 that they were confirmed by our first International Conference held at Cleveland.


98.
View FOREWORD   ... First International Convention, held at Cleveland in ...  12&12 Foreword, p.18  
It was out of this vast welter of explosive experience that A.A.'s Twelve Traditions took form and were first published in 1946 and later confirmed at A.A.'s First International Convention, held at Cleveland in 1950.


99.
View STEP TEN essay   ... first job is to sidestep the traps.  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
Our first job is to sidestep the traps.


100.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first, last, and all the time -- is ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
This being so, we think it logically follows that sobriety -- first, last, and all the time -- is the only thing we need to work for.


101.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... first lesson in the practical application of ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
This was our first lesson in the practical application of anonymity.


102.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   First let's look at a really good ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
First let's look at a really good prayer.


103.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... first living human with whom I had ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience.


104.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... first look like a purposeless and pointless ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
This reopening of emotional wounds, some old, some perhaps forgotten, and some still painfully festering, will at first look like a purposeless and pointless piece of surgery.


105.
View STEP TWO essay   ... first looked at A.A. my reaction was ...  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
When I first looked at A.A. my reaction was just like yours.


106.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... first magnitude.  BB To Employers, p.137  
To him the alcoholic has often seemed a fool of the first magnitude.


107.
View STEP THREE essay   ... first major test.  12&12 Step Three, p.38  
When World War II broke out, this spiritual principle had its first major test.


108.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first many of these feel lonely, hurt, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
At first many of these feel lonely, hurt, and left out as they witness so much domestic happiness about them.


109.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first many of us are apt to ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
To be sure, we feel it is something that might help us to meet an occasional emergency, but at first many of us are apt to regard it as a somewhat mysterious skill of clergymen, from which we may hope to get a secondhand benefit.


110.
View STEP NINE essay   ... first meeting, or perhaps after we have ...  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.


111.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... first members of A.A., entirely contrary to ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
One of the first members of A.A., entirely contrary to his own desires, was obliged to conform to group opinion.


112.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first milestone on the new road we ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
Then we learn, often to our consternation, that this is only the first milestone on the new road we are walking.


113.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... first nameless groups of alcoholics were secret ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Our first nameless groups of alcoholics were secret societies.


114.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first need was to quiet that disturbance, ...  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We learned that if we were seriously disturbed, our first need was to quiet that disturbance, regardless of who or what we thought caused it.


115.
View STEP TEN essay   ... first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life.


116.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first nip of the wringer.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
He had felt only the first nip of the wringer.


117.
View CONTENTS   ... first objective.  12&12 Contents (Step Ten), p.8  
Self-restraint first objective.


118.
View STEP TEN essay   ... first objective will be the development of ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.


119.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   First of all, he wanted to become ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
First of all, he wanted to become a "channel."


120.
View STEP FOUR essay   First of all, we had to admit ...  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating.


121.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   First of all, we had to quit ...  BB How It Works, p.62  
First of all, we had to quit playing God.


122.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first of all we shall want sunlight; ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark.


123.
View STEP FOUR essay   First off, they can be told that ...  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
First off, they can be told that the majority of A.A. members have suffered severely from self-justification during their drinking days.


124.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first opportunity.  BB Into Action, p.74  
If that is so, this step may be postponed, only, however, if we hold ourselves in complete readiness to go through with it at the first opportunity.


125.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
One -- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.


126.
View CONTENTS   ... first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition One), p.9  
Tradition One -- "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." Without unity, A.A. dies. Individual liberty, yet great unity. Key to paradox: each A.A.'s life depends on obedience to spiritual principles. The group must survive or the individual will not. Common welfare comes first. How best to live and work together as groups.


127.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity."  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
"Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity."


128.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first place.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They may even begin to suspect it had never been any good in the first place.


129.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first place, flaws which must be dealt ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
Still goaded by sheer necessity, we reluctantly come to grips with those serious character flaws that made problem drinkers of us in the first place, flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism once again.


130.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first place, then He must know in ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
If the Creator gave us our lives in the first place, then He must know in every detail where we have since gone wrong.


131.
View PREFACE   ... first portion of this volume, describing the ...  BB Preface, p.xi  
Therefore, the first portion of this volume, describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left largely untouched in the course of revisions made for the second, third, and fourth editions.


132.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first practical move toward humility must consist ...  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies.


133.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... first principle of success is that you ...  BB To Wives, p.111  
The first principle of success is that you should never be angry.


134.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... first printed in 1946.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
This is a condensed version of the original "long form" A.A. Traditions as first printed in 1946.


135.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... first printing gave many readers the impression ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personality changes, or religious experiences, must be in the nature of sudden and spectacular upheavals.


136.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... first printing of the first edition in ...  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
This is the Foreword as it appeared in the first printing of the first edition in 1939.


137.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... first printing of this book and the ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Sixteen years have elapsed between our first printing of this book and the presentation in 1955 of our second edition.


138.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... first published, A.A. has released thousands of ...  BB To Wives, p.114  
Since this book was first published, A.A. has released thousands of alcoholics from asylums and hospitals of every kind.


139.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first published. But a 2014 U.S./Canada membership ...  BB More About Alcoholism (Note), p.34  
(*) True when this book was first published. But a 2014 U.S./Canada membership survey showed about eleven percent of A.A.'s were thirty and under.


140.
View FOREWORD   ... first published in 1946 and later confirmed ...  12&12 Foreword, p.18  
It was out of this vast welter of explosive experience that A.A.'s Twelve Traditions took form and were first published in 1946 and later confirmed at A.A.'s First International Convention, held at Cleveland in 1950.


141.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... first published, in 1946, we had become ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
When A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, we had become sure that an A.A. group could stand almost any amount of battering.


142.
View INTRODUCTION   ... first published Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions ...  12&12 Introduction, p.14  
Alcoholics Anonymous first published Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in 1953.


143.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first-rater in the heartbreaking struggle for money, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
In later life he finds that real happiness is not to be found in just trying to be a number one man, or even a first-rater in the heartbreaking struggle for money, romance, or self-importance.


144.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... first requirement is that we be convinced ...  BB How It Works, p.60  
The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success.


145.
View CONTENTS   ... first requisite for good judgment.  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.7  
A tranquil mood is the first requisite for good judgment.


146.
View CONTENTS   First result is emotional balance.  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
First result is emotional balance.


147.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first saw Fred about a year ago ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
We first saw Fred about a year ago in a hospital where he had gone to recover from a bad case of jitters.


148.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first see humility as a necessity.  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
So it is that we first see humility as a necessity.


149.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first showing him that his case is ...  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
They comfort the melancholy one by first showing him that his case is not strange or different, that his character defects are probably not more numerous or worse than those of anyone else in A.A.


150.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... first sight seems to deal with a ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Though Tradition Nine at first sight seems to deal with a purely practical matter, in its actual operation it discloses a society without organization, animated only by the spirit of service -- a true fellowship.


151.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first sight, that difficulties may develop.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
It is only where "boy meets girl on A.A. campus," and love follows at first sight, that difficulties may develop.


152.
View STEP NINE essay   ... first sitting, it is necessary only that ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
At this first sitting, it is necessary only that we make a general admission of our defects.


153.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... first, some of us did not believe ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
At first, some of us did not believe we needed this help.


154.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... first some of us tried to avoid ...  BB We Agnostics, p.44  
At first some of us tried to avoid the issue, hoping against hope we were not true alcoholics.


155.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... First Step and that part of the ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Maybe we are doing fine on only two of them, the First Step and that part of the Twelfth where we "carry the message."


156.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... first step away from a highly strained, ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Cessation of drinking is but the first step away from a highly strained, abnormal condition.


157.
View CONTENTS   ... first step in liberation.  12&12 Contents (Step One), p.5  
Admission of powerlessness is the first step in liberation.


158.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... first step in recovery.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
This is the first step in recovery.


159.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... first step in the formation of Tradition ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
A.A. had taken its first step in the formation of Tradition Three.


160.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... first step of which is a personal ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted.


161.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first step toward liberation from its paralyzing ...  12&12 Step Seven, pp.72-73  
Every newcomer in Alcoholics Anonymous is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralyzing grip.


162.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first steps toward liberation and strength.  12&12 Step One, p.21  
We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength.


163.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.  BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Even in the present century, American newspapers were afraid to print an account of the Wright brothers' first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.


164.
View STEP THREE essay   ... first take a look at the results ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Should his own image in the mirror be too awful to contemplate (and it usually is), he might first take a look at the results normal people are getting from self-sufficiency.


165.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first tangible evidence of our complete willingness ...  12&12 Step Four, p.54  
It will be the first tangible evidence of our complete willingness to move forward.


166.
View STEP THREE essay   ... first that "somebody" is likely to be ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
At first that "somebody" is likely to be his closest A.A. friend.


167.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... first the boss.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Being the founder, he is at first the boss.


168.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... first the elders could look only at ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
At first the elders could look only at the objections.


169.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... first, the society was composed entirely of ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
At first, the society was composed entirely of alcoholics trying to help one another.


170.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first -- then and only then do we ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first -- then and only then do we have a real chance.


171.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... first, then growing by leaps and bounds ...  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.


172.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... first thing apparent was that this world ...  BB How It Works, p.65  
The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong.


173.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   First Things First  BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
First Things First


174.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... first time, he lived in conscious companionship ...  BB We Agnostics, p.56  
For the first time, he lived in conscious companionship with his Creator.


175.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first time in many years.  BB Into Action, p.80  
He attended church for the first time in many years.


176.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first time in our lives, and strenuously ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along.


177.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first time in our lives stood among ...  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.


178.
View FOREWORD   ... first time in the Twelve Steps, and ...  12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic's point of view, the spiritual ideas of the Society were codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic's dilemma was made clear.


179.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... first time is greatly puzzled.  12&12 Tradition One, pp.129-130  
Every newcomer, every friend who looks at A.A. for the first time is greatly puzzled.


180.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... first time that of myself I was ...  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I admitted for the first time that of myself I was nothing; that without Him I was lost.


181.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first time, the Presence and Power of ...  BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Many of us have felt, for the first time, the Presence and Power of God within its walls.


182.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... first to say it was your devotion ...  BB To Wives, pp.118-119  
Your husband will be the first to say it was your devotion and care which brought him to the point where he could have a spiritual experience.


183.
View STEP NINE essay   ... first trial.  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Even our severest and most justified critics will frequently meet us more than halfway on the first trial.


184.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... first try to bypass Step Five.  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
So intense, though, is our fear and reluctance to do this, that many A.A.'s at first try to bypass Step Five.


185.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... first two and one-half years of abstinence.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
Unlike most of our crowd, I did not get over my craving for liquor much during the first two and one-half years of abstinence.


186.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... first two or three high hurdles, the ...  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.


187.
View STEP THREE essay   ... first two Steps we were engaged in ...  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
In the first two Steps we were engaged in reflection.


188.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... first uttered the prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
We'll think now about the man who first uttered the prayer.


189.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... first visit tell him about the Fellowship ...  BB Working With Others, p.94  
On your first visit tell him about the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.


190.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first visit to A.A. Number Three. See ...  BB A Vision For You (Note), p.156  
(*) This refers to Bill's and Dr. Bob's first visit to A.A. Number Three. See the Pioneer Section. This resulted in A.A.'s first group, at Akron, Ohio, in 1935.


191.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... first visit with Dr. Bob. These men ...  BB A Vision For You (Note), p.155  
(*) This refers to Bill's first visit with Dr. Bob. These men later became co-founders of A.A. Bill's story opens the text of this book; Dr. Bob's heads the Story Section.


192.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... first, we couldn't see the real issue ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
At first, we couldn't see the real issue involved.


193.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... first, we had deprived ourselves of His ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help.


194.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... first, we have got the cart before ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.


195.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   First, we searched out the flaws in ...  BB How It Works, p.64  
First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure.


196.
View STEP EIGHT essay   First, we take a look backward and ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.


197.
View STEP ONE essay   ... first we were smitten by an insane ...  12&12 Step One, p.22  
The tyrant alcohol wielded a double-edged sword over us: first we were smitten by an insane urge that condemned us to go on drinking, and then by an allergy of the body that insured we would ultimately destroy ourselves in the process.


198.
View STEP NINE essay   First we will wish to be reasonably ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
First we will wish to be reasonably certain that we are on the A.A. beam.


199.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... first? What in Heaven's name holds them ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
"How," they ask, "can such a crowd of anarchists function at all? How can they possibly place their common welfare first? What in Heaven's name holds them together?"


200.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first wife.  BB Into Action, p.79  
Because of resentment and drinking, he had not paid alimony to his first wife.


201.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... first wife admitting his faults and asking ...  BB Into Action, p.79  
We suggested he write his first wife admitting his faults and asking forgiveness.


202.
View FOREWORD   ... first written in the earlier work.  12&12 Foreword, p.17  
This present volume proposes to broaden and deepen the understanding of the Twelve Steps as first written in the earlier work.


203.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... first written, it said that "Alcoholics Anonymous ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
When Tradition Nine was first written, it said that "Alcoholics Anonymous needs the least possible organization."


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