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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 BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sober.   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
He was sober.


2.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sober.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
I had eaten there many times during the months I was sober.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sober.   BB Into Action, p.82  
Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober.


4.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sober?   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?


5.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sober.   12&12 Step Five, pp.56-57  
Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober.


6.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... sober.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
Distressingly enough, Ed proceeded to stay sober.


7.
View STEP SIX essay   ... sober A.A. member has been granted a ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
It is plain for everybody to see that each sober A.A. member has been granted a release from this very obstinate and potentially fatal obsession.


8.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sober and able to be of this ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
They should be thankful he is sober and able to be of this world once more.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sober and happy in our A.A. work.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We are sober and happy in our A.A. work.


10.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... sober and help other alcoholics.   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.'s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics.


11.
View PREAMBLE   ... sober and help other alcoholics to achieve ...   Grapevine Preamble  
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


12.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sober and in good spirits.   BB To Wives, pp.115-116  
Discuss this with him when he is sober and in good spirits.


13.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sober and to stay sober, you don't ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Second, to get sober and to stay sober, you don't have to swallow all of Step Two right now.


14.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sober, and winning back the esteem of ...   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.


15.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... sober at all.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.


16.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sober at all; others will relapse periodically ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Some people are unable to stay sober at all; others will relapse periodically until they really clean house.


17.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... sober at once and remained that way; ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement.


18.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sober breath.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
Mercifully, no one could guess that I was to have no real employment for five years, or hardly draw a sober breath.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sober but a few months, he saw ...   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Still physically weak, and sober but a few months, he saw that his predicament was dangerous.


20.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sober, considerate, and helpful, regardless of what ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
These things will come to pass naturally and in good time provided, however, the alcoholic continues to demonstrate that he can be sober, considerate, and helpful, regardless of what anyone says or does.


21.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... sober day by day.   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Learning to depend upon a higher power and absorb himself in his work with other alcoholics, he remains sober day by day.


22.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sober, does he not work hard and ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
When sober, does he not work hard and have a knack of getting things done?


23.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sober during the day, at least up ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
My phobia for sleeplessness demanded that I get drunk every night, but in order to get more liquor for the next night, I had to stay sober during the day, at least up to four o'clock.


24.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sober enough to earn money, I would ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, pp.175-176  
Not being a man of means, I knew that if I did not stay sober enough to earn money, I would run out of liquor.


25.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sober even through the day, though I ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
I used to promise my wife, my friends, and my children that I would drink no more -- promises which seldom kept me sober even through the day, though I was very sincere when I made them.


26.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... sober fact that it does not work ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
We do not decry professionalism in other fields, but we accept the sober fact that it does not work for us.


27.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sober, father usually obeyed.   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
When sober, father usually obeyed.


28.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sober for a long stretch, we could ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Most of us have believed that if we remained sober for a long stretch, we could thereafter drink normally.


29.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sober for a year or more, becoming ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
In the early days of our drinking we occasionally remained sober for a year or more, becoming serious drinkers again later.


30.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sober, for there will be no home ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Certainly he must keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesn't.


31.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sober for years, often pay dearly for ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skimping this Step.


32.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... sober himself.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Prior to his journey to Akron, the broker had worked hard with many alcoholics on the theory that only an alcoholic could help an alcoholic, but he had succeeded only in keeping sober himself.


33.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... sober, it can be understood why we ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
When you add to this the habitual supposition that people ought to give money to alcoholics trying to stay sober, it can be understood why we thought we deserved a pile of folding money.


34.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sober, keep in emotional balance, and live ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?


35.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sober Monday till after the dinner, and ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
I got tight that night, stayed sober Monday till after the dinner, and then proceeded to get tight again.


36.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... sober -- month after month.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
Ed not only stayed, he stayed sober -- month after month.


37.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... sober nowadays, don't we often try to ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
And though sober nowadays, don't we often try to do much the same thing?


38.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sober only by the grace of God ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
As an insurance against "big-shot-ism" we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours.


39.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sober, or even alive, unless he passes ...   12&12 Tradition Two, pp.132-133  
Alone now, he reflects that he may not be able to stay sober, or even alive, unless he passes on to other alcoholics what was so freely given him.


40.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... sober -- paid our own way.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
They figured that it was high time we now -- sober -- paid our own way.


41.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sober six months now?   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
After all, had he not been sober six months now?


42.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sober, some others had.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Although none of the alcoholics we boarded seemed to get sober, some others had.


43.
View STEP THREE essay   ... sober, that after all, only a bare ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Of course the sponsor points out that our friend's life is still unmanageable even though he is sober, that after all, only a bare start on A.A.'s program has been made.


44.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sober, that motive became secondary.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sober the rest of his life.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
He was positive that this humiliating experience, plus the knowledge he had acquired, would keep him sober the rest of his life.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sober, though he's been in here eight ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
But he's a grand chap when he's sober, though he's been in here eight times in the last six months.


47.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... sober; unless I accept life completely on ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.


48.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... sober up drunks and hand them currency ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Beginning on the ground floor there would be a club; in the second story they would sober up drunks and hand them currency for their back debts; the third deck would house an educational project -- quite noncontroversial, of course.


49.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sober, you don't have to swallow all ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Second, to get sober and to stay sober, you don't have to swallow all of Step Two right now.


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