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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... problems.  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
My friend promised when these things were done I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... problems.  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
My wife and I abandoned ourselves with enthusiasm to the idea of helping other alcoholics to a solution of their problems.


3.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... problems.  BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
He seemed quite rational and well-balanced with respect to other problems.


4.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... problems.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
"Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.


5.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... problems.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Most alcoholics have to be pretty badly mangled before they really commence to solve their problems.


6.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... problems.  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We agnostics and atheists were sticking to the idea that self-sufficiency would solve our problems.


7.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... problems.  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
Yet we had been seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems.


8.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... problems.  BB How It Works, p.69  
We all have sex problems.


9.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... 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.


10.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... problems.  BB A Vision For You, p.160  
Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems.


11.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... problems.  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
This headquarters will give the location of the nearest family group and will, if you wish, correspond with you about your special problems.


12.
View CONTENTS   ... problems.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Growing spiritually is the answer to our problems.


13.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... problems.  12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems.


14.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... problems.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
As the A.A. groups multiplied, so did anonymity problems.


15.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... problems and deficiencies.  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
My schoolmate visited me, and I fully acquainted him with my problems and deficiencies.


16.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... problems and explain our fellowship.  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Many times we talk to a new man and watch his hope rise as we discuss his alcoholic problems and explain our fellowship.


17.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... problems, and for the ability to help ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Our immediate temptation will be to ask for specific solutions to specific problems, and for the ability to help other people as we have already thought they should be helped.


18.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... problems and how you propose to lick ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
But from what you've told me about yourself and your problems and how you propose to lick them, I think I know what's wrong.'


19.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems, and sometimes they are distressingly acute.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
But just like all other societies, we do have sex and marital problems, and sometimes they are distressingly acute.


20.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... problems, and that I would therefore be ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I reasoned I was not so far advanced as most of you fellows, that I had been usually successful in licking my other personal problems, and that I would therefore be successful where you men failed.


21.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... problems and the character defects which cause ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them.


22.
View FOREWORD   ... problems and to help fellow sufferers in ...  12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of more than one hundred thousand(*) alcoholic men and women who are banded together to solve their common problems and to help fellow sufferers in recovery from that age-old, baffling malady, alcoholism.


23.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... problems are close to your own, then ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
If you have developed a high confidence in him, and his temperament and problems are close to your own, then such a choice will be good.


24.
View STEP TEN essay   ... problems are not the only ones that ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
Disagreeable or unexpected problems are not the only ones that call for self-control.


25.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... problems as He would have me.  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I was to sit quietly when in doubt, asking only for direction and strength to meet my problems as He would have me.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems because we are problem people who ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
We have been talking about problems because we are problem people who have found a way up and out, and who wish to share our knowledge of that way with all who can use it.


27.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... problems become a part of their daily ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.


28.
View STEP THREE essay   ... problems besides alcohol will not yield to ...  12&12 Step Three, p.40  
They have become persuaded, and rightly so, that many problems besides alcohol will not yield to a headlong assault powered by the individual alone.


29.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... problems by a simple reliance upon the ...  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God.


30.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Problems descend like an avalanche.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Problems descend like an avalanche.


31.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... problems easier than you can the trivial ...  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.


32.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... problems he despaired of ever solving them, ...  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.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... problems, his background, the seriousness of his ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
Get an idea of his behavior, his problems, his background, the seriousness of his condition, and his religious leanings.


34.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... problems in the light of our experience ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts.


35.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... problems ... In this atmosphere the alcoholic often ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
They help others with similar problems ... In this atmosphere the alcoholic often overcomes his excessive concentration upon himself.


36.
View STEP SIX essay   ... problems indefinitely."  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
Maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely."


37.
View CONTENTS   Problems of intellectuality and self-sufficiency.  12&12 Contents (Step Two), p.5  
Problems of intellectuality and self-sufficiency.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems of life.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems of life which we could never ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
These were problems of life which we could never face up to.


40.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... Problems of money, property, and authority may ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
6. Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim.


41.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... Problems of money, property, and authority may ...  12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Six -- Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim.


42.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... problems of money, property and prestige divert ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Six -- An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.


43.
View CONTENTS   ... problems of money, property and prestige divert ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Six), p.11  
Tradition Six -- "An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


44.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... problems of money, property, and prestige divert ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
"An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


45.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems of personal importance, power, ambition, and ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
Let's here take note of our improved outlook upon the problems of personal importance, power, ambition, and leadership.


46.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... problems of the community might engage attention.  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
The problems of the community might engage attention.


47.
View CONTENTS   Problems of Twelfth Step work.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Problems of Twelfth Step work.


48.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... problems on every side and in every ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Soon A.A. was beset by these very problems on every side and in every group.


49.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... problems or worries.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
Neither did I have any pressing problems or worries.


50.
View STEP SIX essay   ... problems other than alcohol, we shall need ...  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.


51.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... problems pile up on them and become ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.


52.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... problems squarely that God might give him ...  BB A Vision For You, pp.155-156  
He saw that he would have to face his problems squarely that God might give him mastery.


53.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... problems such people may face. Alateen, for ...  BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
(*) The fellowship of Al-Anon Family Groups was formed about thirteen years after this chapter was written. Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, it uses the general principles of the A.A. program as a guide for husbands, wives, relatives, friends and others close to alcoholics. The foregoing pages (though addressed only to wives) indicate the problems such people may face. Alateen, for teen-aged children of alcoholics, is a part of Al-Anon.


54.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... problems, tell the newcomer's family how that ...  BB Working With Others, p.100  
If you have been successful in solving your own domestic problems, tell the newcomer's family how that was accomplished.


55.
View STEP THREE essay   ... problems than alcohol, and that some of ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
By now, though, the chances are that he has become convinced that he has more problems than alcohol, and that some of these refuse to be solved by all the sheer personal determination and courage he can muster.


56.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems that it may appear that A.A. ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
We have been considering so many problems that it may appear that A.A. consists mainly of racking dilemmas and troubleshooting.


57.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... problems that they will be persuaded to ...  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."


58.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... problems that we can begin to get ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all.


59.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... problems, the absence of intolerance of any ...  BB A Vision For You, p.160  
The very practical approach to his problems, the absence of intolerance of any kind, the informality, the genuine democracy, the uncanny understanding which these people had were irresistible.


60.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... problems this same readiness to change our ...  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn't apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view.


61.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... problems to such persons.  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons.


62.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... problems today.  BB Acceptance, p.417  
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.


63.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... problems too.  BB To Wives, p.116  
If God can solve the age-old riddle of alcoholism, He can solve your problems too.


64.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... problems too; the ensuing lack of fear, ...  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.


65.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... problems were of our own making.  BB Working With Others, p.103  
After all, our problems were of our own making.


66.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... problems will arise.  BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
In either case certain family problems will arise.


67.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... problems will not be solved at once.  BB To Wives, p.117  
But all problems will not be solved at once.


68.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... problems will still be with you.  BB To Wives, p.117  
Many of the old problems will still be with you.


69.
View STEP THREE essay   ... problems with it instead of attempting to ...  12&12 Step Three, p.40  
We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us.


70.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... problems with the comfortable assurance that he ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
With the best of intentions, he tends to force his own will into all sorts of situations and problems with the comfortable assurance that he is acting under God's specific direction.


71.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... problems with you, if he knows you ...  BB To Employers, p.144  
If he feels free to discuss his problems with you, if he knows you understand and will not be upset by anything he wishes to say, he will probably be off to a fast start.


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