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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 FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... necessary.  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... necessary.  BB To Wives, p.111  
Patience and good temper are most necessary.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... necessary.  BB A Vision For You, p.158  
On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary.


4.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... necessary.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
So it isn't surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... necessary.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
When the distortion has been great, however, a long period of patient striving may be necessary.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... necessary.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Compatibility, of course, can be so impossibly damaged that a separation may be necessary.


7.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... necessary aid to our survival.  12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
We may still have no very high opinion of humility as a desirable personal virtue, but we do recognize it as a necessary aid to our survival.


8.
View CONTENTS   Necessary aid to survival.  12&12 Contents (Step Seven), p.7  
Necessary aid to survival.


9.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... necessary and right, and surely God-given.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
So these desires -- for the sex relation, for material and emotional security, and for companionship -- are perfectly necessary and right, and surely God-given.


10.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... necessary being that required to follow a ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.


11.
View STEP THREE essay   ... necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing.  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... necessary, but if he were in jail ...  BB Into Action, p.79  
We thought he ought to be willing to do that if necessary, but if he were in jail he could provide nothing for either family.


13.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... necessary, but the price seemed high upon ...  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
A spiritual experience, he conceded, was absolutely necessary, but the price seemed high upon the basis suggested.


14.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... necessary evil."  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Even the charitably disposed described them as "a necessary evil."


15.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... necessary experience.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Soon they'd spotted their man, an A.A. with the necessary experience.


16.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... necessary for our existence, often far exceed ...  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions.


17.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... necessary in his business.  BB To Wives, p.109  
He is positive he can handle his liquor, that it does him no harm, that drinking is necessary in his business.


18.
View STEP NINE essay   ... necessary only that we make a general ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
At this first sitting, it is necessary only that we make a general admission of our defects.


19.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... necessary rules and regulations?  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Did anyone ever hear of a society which couldn't somehow discipline its members and enforce obedience to necessary rules and regulations?


20.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... necessary step, submit to anything to get ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
Will he take every necessary step, submit to anything to get well, to stop drinking forever?


21.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... necessary that we extricate from an examination ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
While the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can.


22.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... necessary, they can be freely discarded by ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


23.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... necessary, they can be freely discarded by ...  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


24.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... necessary to advance the cost of treatment, ...  BB To Employers, p.143  
If you propose such a procedure to him, it may be necessary to advance the cost of treatment, but we believe it should be made plain that any expense will later be deducted from his pay.


25.
View CONTENTS   ... necessary to conform to God's will.  12&12 Contents (Step Three), p.6  
Sustained and personal exertion necessary to conform to God's will.


26.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... necessary to go much further.  BB Into Action, p.72  
Many of us thought it necessary to go much further.


27.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.


28.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... necessary to maintain his sobriety.  BB To Employers, p.146  
This work is necessary to maintain his sobriety.


29.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... necessary to post only two storm signals: ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In charting this enormous expanse of freedom, we found it necessary to post only two storm signals: A group ought not do anything which would greatly injure A.A. as a whole, nor ought it affiliate itself with anything or anybody else.


30.
View STEP ONE essay   ... necessary to raise the bottom the rest ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
It was obviously necessary to raise the bottom the rest of us had hit to the point where it would hit them.


31.
View CONTENTS   ... necessary to recovery of alcoholics.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Dependence upon God necessary to recovery of alcoholics.


32.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... necessary to shape my life to conditions ...  12&12 Step Four, p.52  
If I am unable to change the present state of affairs, am I willing to take the measures necessary to shape my life to conditions as they are?


33.
View CONTENTS   ... necessary to sobriety and peace of mind.  12&12 Contents (Step Five), p.6  
Step Five is difficult but necessary to sobriety and peace of mind.


34.
View CONTENTS   ... necessary to spiritual growth.  12&12 Contents (Step Six), p.6  
Step Six necessary to spiritual growth.


35.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... necessary to us alcoholics.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
This new outlook was, we learned, something especially necessary to us alcoholics.


36.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... necessary, until they told someone else all ...  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.


37.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... necessary vital spiritual experience.  BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
This hope, however, was destroyed by the doctor's telling him that while his religious convictions were very good, in his case they did not spell the necessary vital spiritual experience.


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