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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 MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... suffering.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
Then came the hospital with unbearable mental and physical suffering.


2.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... suffering.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
They experienced a few distressing failures, but in those cases they made an effort to bring the man's family into a spiritual way of living, thus relieving much worry and suffering.


3.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... suffering.   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
We never wanted to deal with the fact of suffering.


4.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... suffering.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous.


6.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... suffering alcoholics.   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
As the message of recovery has reached larger numbers of people, it has also touched the lives of a vastly greater variety of suffering alcoholics.


7.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... suffering and great love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Great suffering and great love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; we need no others.


8.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... suffering and humiliation of even a week ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago.


9.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... suffering and humiliation, why is it he ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink?


10.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... suffering and of recovery are easily passed ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
These legacies of suffering and of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to the other.


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... suffering as drinkers, their common interest in ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Their common suffering as drinkers, their common interest in A.A. and spiritual things, often enhance such unions.


12.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... suffering becomes acute and constant.   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
As we redouble our efforts at control, and continue to fail, our suffering becomes acute and constant.


13.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... suffering from a distortion of values.   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
If the family cooperates, dad will soon see that he is suffering from a distortion of values.


14.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... suffering from an illness which only a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.


15.
View STEP TEN essay   ... suffering from the pains of growing up.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up.


16.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... suffering might be all right for saints, ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it certainly didn't appeal to us.


17.
View APPENDIX IV, The Lasker Award   ... suffering; one having a vast potential for ...   BB Appendix IV, The Lasker Award, p.571  
"The American Public Health Association presents a Lasker Group Award for 1951 to Alcoholics Anonymous in recognition of its unique and highly successful approach to that age-old public health and social problem, alcoholism ... In emphasizing alcoholism as an illness, the social stigma associated with this condition is being blotted out ... Historians may one day recognize Alcoholics Anonymous to have been a great venture in social pioneering which forged a new instrument for social action; a new therapy based on the kinship of common suffering; one having a vast potential for the myriad other ills of mankind."


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... suffering to his family by foolishly admitting ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Why, he argued, should he lose the remainder of his business, only to bring still more suffering to his family by foolishly admitting his plight to people from whom he made his livelihood?


19.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... suffering, when the hand of God seemed ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
He will also report that out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform."


20.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... suffering which drinking always caused him.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
Here was the threat of commitment, the loss of family and position, to say nothing of that intense mental and physical suffering which drinking always caused him.


21.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... suffering within reach of his help.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
He feels a spiritual and ethical compulsion, because hundreds may be suffering within reach of his help.


The 164 and More™ Book, eBook, and Web Site are all CONCORDANCES which display passages from the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and the A.A. Grapevine (A.A. Preamble only).  Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and More concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., or the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.  Further A.A.W.S. Inc. and the A.A. Grapevine Inc. have no objection to the use of this material in the 164 and More concordance.

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