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1.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... need.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need.


2.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... need.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
People who symbolize causes and ideas fill a deep human need.


3.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... need a bodyguard nor is he confined.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
He does not need a bodyguard nor is he confined.


4.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... need a mental uplift, I often think ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
When I need a mental uplift, I often think of another case brought in by a physician prominent in New York.


5.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need a moral inventory.   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
Our present anxieties and troubles, we cry, are caused by the behavior of other people -- people who really need a moral inventory.


6.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... need always maintain personal anonymity at the ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Eleven -- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.


7.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... need always maintain personal anonymity at the ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
"Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films."


8.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... need and inquired if she had a ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
They explained their need and inquired if she had a first class alcoholic prospect.


9.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... need be.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
You have to act the Good Samaritan every day, if need be.


10.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... need bracing air and an abundance of ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
Most certainly we shall need bracing air and an abundance of food.


11.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need comforting.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
These newcomers scarcely need comforting.


12.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... need every human being has for practical ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person.


13.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need, fearing we shall never have enough.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
We eat, drink, and grab for more of everything than we need, fearing we shall never have enough.


14.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need for a list of the more ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Now let's ponder the need for a list of the more glaring personality defects all of us have in varying degrees.


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need for all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We temporarily cease to grow because we feel satisfied that there is no need for all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps for us.


16.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... need for continuous effectiveness and permanent unity.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
Therefore, no society of men and women ever had a more urgent need for continuous effectiveness and permanent unity.


17.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... need for moral inventory, confession of personality ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.


18.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need fresh interests and a great cause ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
Therefore, you probably need fresh interests and a great cause to live for as much as your husband.


19.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need God.   BB To Wives, p.116  
But it was a silly idea that we were too good to need God.


20.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... need have difficulty with the spirituality of ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.


21.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... need have no apprehension.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
If you answer these questions satisfactorily, you need have no apprehension.


22.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... need him.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
He needs other alcoholics as much as they need him.


23.
View STEP THREE essay   ... need is a key, and the decision ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
All we need is a key, and the decision to swing the door open.


24.
View STEP TWO essay   ... need is a truly open mind.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Third, all you really need is a truly open mind.


25.
View STEP TWO essay   ... need is the open mind."   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Again I say, all you need is the open mind."


26.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need is there for a moral inventory ...   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
If we were pretty nice people all along, except for our drinking, what need is there for a moral inventory now that we are sober?


27.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... need it, and I won't have it!   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
This group doesn't need it, and I won't have it!


28.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... need it badly.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
I spend a great deal of time passing on what I learned to others who want and need it badly.


29.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... need it before daylight.   BB Bill's Story, p.8  
I would need it before daylight.


30.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... need it to carry green recruits through ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
We often need it to carry green recruits through a severe hangover.


31.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... need look no further for Utopia.   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia.


32.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... need medical attention.   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.


33.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... need more action, without which we find ...   BB Into Action, p.76  
Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead."


34.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need no inventory are confronted with quite ...   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
The sponsors of those who feel they need no inventory are confronted with quite another problem.


35.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need no longer be square pegs in ...   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.


36.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... need no others.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Great suffering and great love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; we need no others.


37.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... need not, and often should not show ...   BB To Employers, p.148  
He need not, and often should not show it to his alcoholic prospect.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... need not, and probably should not emphasize ...   BB Into Action, p.76  
To some people we need not, and probably should not emphasize the spiritual feature on our first approach.


39.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need not be alarmed.   BB To Wives, p.120  
If you are satisfied he really wants to get over drinking, you need not be alarmed.


40.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... need not be disconcerted.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
Our experience shows that you need not be disconcerted.


41.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need not be discouraged when we fall ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways, for these disciplines are not easy.


42.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... need not be worried.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
Experience has taught us that these are matters about which, for our purpose, we need not be worried.


43.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need not discuss your husband at length, ...   BB To Wives, p.115  
While you need not discuss your husband at length, you can quietly let your friends know the nature of his illness.


44.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... need not follow all of the program.   BB Working With Others, p.94  
Your candidate may give reasons why he need not follow all of the program.


45.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need not pass this way," and Fear ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Pride says, "You need not pass this way," and Fear says, "You dare not look!"


46.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need not remind him of his spiritual ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
You need not remind him of his spiritual deficiency -- he will know of it.


47.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... need of help really deluged us.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
Then Jack Alexander wrote a feature article in the Saturday Evening Post and placed such a compelling picture of A.A. before the general public that alcoholics in need of help really deluged us.


48.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need only recognize that we did act ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected.


49.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... need our help would be broken.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Our communications lines with those who need our help would be broken.


50.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need protection from their father, it is ...   BB To Wives, p.115  
Unless they actually need protection from their father, it is best not to take sides in any argument he has with them while drinking.


51.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.


52.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need something much better in order to ...   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.


53.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need the counsel and love of a ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
They need the counsel and love of a woman who has gone through what you have.


54.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... need the light of God's reality, the ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
We all need the light of God's reality, the nourishment of His strength, and the atmosphere of His grace.


55.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... need them."   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
We're going to need them."


56.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... need this information to put yourself in ...   BB Working With Others, p.90  
You need this information to put yourself in his place, to see how you would like him to approach you if the tables were turned.


57.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... need to authorize workers to serve us.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is clear now that we ought never to name boards to govern us, but it is equally clear that we shall always need to authorize workers to serve us.


58.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need to be as sure as possible ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They need to be as sure as possible that no deep-lying emotional handicap in either will be likely to rise up under later pressures to cripple them.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need to be solid A.A.'s and long ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The prospective partners need to be solid A.A.'s and long enough acquainted to know that their compatibility at spiritual, mental, and emotional levels is a fact and not wishful thinking.


60.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need to be "taught a lesson," when ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be "taught a lesson," when we really want to punish.


61.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... need to begin.   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin.


62.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... need to bring anyone else into this?"   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Why do we need to bring anyone else into this?"


63.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... need to concentrate not so much on ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.


64.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... need to consider another's conception of God.   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another's conception of God.


65.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need to continue taking personal inventory, and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
By this time, at Step Ten, we had begun to get a basis for daily living, and we keenly realized that we would need to continue taking personal inventory, and that when we were in the wrong we ought to admit it promptly.


66.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need to criticize each other.   BB To Wives, p.118  
If you both show a willingness to remedy your own defects, there will be little need to criticize each other.


67.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need to cross-examine themselves ruthlessly to determine ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.51-52  
But all alcoholics who have drunk themselves out of jobs, family, and friends will need to cross-examine themselves ruthlessly to determine how their own personality defects have thus demolished their security.


68.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need to determine what his individual character ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Human beings are never quite alike, so each of us, when making an inventory, will need to determine what his individual character defects are.


69.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... need to discourage A.A.'s who wish to ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
We see that we have no right or need to discourage A.A.'s who wish to work as individuals in these wider fields.


70.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need to eliminate these hangovers.   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
If we would live serenely today and tomorrow, we certainly need to eliminate these hangovers.


71.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... need to encourage him to play once ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
You may need to encourage him to play once in a while.


72.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need to exercise special vigilance.   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.


73.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... need to fetch ourselves up sharply.   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
Right here we need to fetch ourselves up sharply.


74.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need to give constantly of ourselves without ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We saw that we would need to give constantly of ourselves without demands for repayment.


75.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need to go forward.   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Out of them we receive the stimulation we need to go forward.


76.
View STEP SIX essay   ... need to make a brand new venture ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
If we would gain any real advantage in the use of this Step on problems other than alcohol, we shall need to make a brand new venture into open-mindedness.


77.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... need to praise ourselves.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
There is never need to praise ourselves.


78.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... need to praise ourselves.   12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
There is never need to praise ourselves.


79.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... need to quit living by ourselves with ...   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.


80.
View STEP SIX essay   ... need to raise our eyes toward perfection, ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
We shall need to raise our eyes toward perfection, and be ready to walk in that direction.


81.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... need to share with this person facts ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Perhaps we shall need to share with this person facts about ourselves which no others ought to know.


82.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... need to take care of such problems.   BB Into Action, p.87  
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems.


83.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... need to tell me.   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
They did not need to tell me.


84.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... need to undergo drastic revisions.   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.


85.
View STEP NINE essay   ... need to use a little more discretion ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
But even in these cases, we may need to use a little more discretion than we did with the family.


86.
View STEP TEN essay   ... need to wander morbidly around in the ...   12&12 Step Ten, pp.88-89  
This doesn't mean we need to wander morbidly around in the past.


87.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need to work for.   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.


88.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... need us.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
They live today in the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which -- God willing -- shall sustain us in unity for so long as He may need us.


89.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... need was to quiet that disturbance, regardless ...   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.


90.
View STEP NINE essay   ... need when we take Step Nine.   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage, and prudence -- these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine.


91.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... need, will see these pages, and we ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."


92.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... need your companionship and your help.   BB To Wives, p.111  
They need your companionship and your help.


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