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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 WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sobriety.   BB Working With Others, p.100  
Ask them to remember, when they are impatient, the blessed fact of his sobriety.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sobriety.   BB To Wives, p.118  
Your husband knows he owes you more than sobriety.


3.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sobriety.   BB To Wives, p.119  
The fact is that he should work with other people to maintain his own sobriety.


4.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... sobriety.   BB To Employers, p.146  
This work is necessary to maintain his sobriety.


5.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sobriety.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
He will presently try the old game again, for he isn't happy about his sobriety.


6.
View STEP THREE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
They simply will not budge; they make him desperately unhappy and threaten his newfound sobriety.


7.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
This feeling of being at one with God and man, this emerging from isolation through the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt, brings us to a resting place where we may prepare ourselves for the following Steps toward a full and meaningful sobriety.


8.
View STEP NINE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be those who ought to be dealt with just as soon as we become reasonably confident that we can maintain our sobriety.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sobriety?   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Can we love the whole pattern of living as eagerly as we do the small segment of it we discover when we try to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety?


11.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.


12.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
But as he calmed down, he began to listen while I tried to show him that humility was the main key to sobriety.


13.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... sobriety.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.154  
Years later, this tough Irish customer liked to say, "My sponsor sold me one idea, and that was sobriety.


14.
View PREAMBLE   ... sobriety.   Grapevine Preamble  
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


15.
View STEP THREE essay   ... sobriety and a contented, useful life.   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life.


16.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... sobriety and a mighty happy life.'   12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
"Of course, my answer was 'My own sobriety and a mighty happy life.'


17.
View STEP TEN essay   ... sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.   12&12 Step Ten, pp.93-94  
How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.


18.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... sobriety, and often the difference between life ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
To those now in its fold, Alcoholics Anonymous has made the difference between misery and sobriety, and often the difference between life and death.


19.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sobriety and peace of mind than this ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.


20.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sobriety and peace of mind will still ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.


21.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sobriety and self-discipline had qualified him to ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Then he fell victim to a belief which practically every alcoholic has -- that his long period of sobriety and self-discipline had qualified him to drink as other men.


22.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sobriety begins to be taken as a ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
As soon as his sobriety begins to be taken as a matter of course, the family may look at their strange new dad with apprehension, then with irritation.


23.
View STEP THREE essay   ... sobriety brought about by the admission of ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life.


24.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sobriety -- first, last, and all the time ...   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.


25.
View FOREWORD   ... sobriety for problem drinkers.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
They think that the Twelve Steps can mean more than sobriety for problem drinkers.


26.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   Sobriety had to be its sole objective.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Sobriety had to be its sole objective.


27.
View STEP ONE essay   ... sobriety -- if any -- will be precarious.   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Until he so humbles himself, his sobriety -- if any -- will be precarious.


28.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sobriety is enough.   BB Into Action, p.82  
We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough.


29.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sobriety, June 10, 1935.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935.


30.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


31.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group ...   12&12 Tradition Four, pp.146-147  
So confident of this had we become that the original statement of A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."


32.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


33.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... sobriety no matter how isolated you are.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If there is none nearby, you will be invited to carry on a correspondence which will do much to insure your sobriety no matter how isolated you are.


34.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sobriety or contentment for us.   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us.


35.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sobriety, progress, and any real ability to ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
But all who are in the least reasonable will agree upon one point: that there is plenty wrong with us alcoholics about which plenty will have to be done if we are to expect sobriety, progress, and any real ability to cope with life.


36.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sobriety than anything else.   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
During those first days of convalescence, this will do more to insure his sobriety than anything else.


37.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... sobriety that we've had.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
We just want to be sure that you get the same great chance for sobriety that we've had.


38.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... sobriety, the aim of our services is ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Just as the aim of each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim of our services is to bring sobriety within reach of all who want it.


39.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... sobriety, they still haven't much chance of ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy.


40.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... sobriety time behind them was sufficient to ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
By late 1937, the number of members having substantial sobriety time behind them was sufficient to convince the membership that a new light had entered the dark world of the alcoholic.


41.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... sobriety unless we give it away.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.


42.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... sobriety, we are in a short time ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever.


43.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sobriety which renewed my wife's hope.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Nevertheless, I still thought I could control the situation, and there were periods of sobriety which renewed my wife's hope.


44.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... sobriety within reach of all who want ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Just as the aim of each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim of our services is to bring sobriety within reach of all who want it.


45.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sobriety would be some place like the ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
His only chance for sobriety would be some place like the Greenland Ice Cap, and even there an Eskimo might turn up with a bottle of scotch and ruin everything!


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