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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 THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... thing."   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."


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... thing.   BB How It Works, p.70  
To sum up about sex: We earnestly pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... thing.   BB Into Action, p.78  
Most of us have done that sort of thing.


4.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... thing.   BB To Wives, pp.116-117  
When we do that, we find it solves our problems too; the ensuing lack of fear, worry and hurt feelings is a wonderful thing.


5.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... thing.   BB To Employers, p.149  
The right kind of man, the kind who recovers, will not want this sort of thing.


6.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... thing.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
I was between Scylla and Charybdis now, because if I did not drink my stomach tortured me, and if I did my nerves did the same thing.


7.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... thing.   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
At this stage of our progress we are under heavy pressure and coercion to do the right thing.


8.
View STEP TEN essay   ... thing.   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
Other kinds of disturbances -- jealousy, envy, self-pity, or hurt pride -- did the same thing.


9.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... thing?   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
And though sober nowadays, don't we often try to do much the same thing?


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... thing.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Of course all A.A.'s, even the best, fall far short of such achievements as a consistent thing.


11.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... thing.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
At first glance, it did look like a good thing.


12.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... thing?   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
Who ever heard of such a thing?


13.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... thing A.A. might have been!"   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Back again in their caves, alcoholics would reproach us and say, "What a great thing A.A. might have been!"


14.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... thing -- an oasis!   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
The very thing -- an oasis!


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... thing and are gone beyond recall in ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.


16.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... thing apparent was that this world and ...   BB How It Works, p.65  
The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong.


17.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... thing as incompatibility, but in nearly every ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
Of course, there is such a thing as incompatibility, but in nearly every instance the alcoholic only seems to be unloving and inconsiderate; it is usually because he is warped and sickened that he says and does these appalling things.


18.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... thing as making a normal drinker out ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic.


19.
View STEP ONE essay   ... thing as the personal conquest of this ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
There was, they said, no such thing as the personal conquest of this compulsion by the unaided will.


20.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... thing can be avoided.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
This sort of thing can be avoided.


21.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... thing decreased the man's chance of recovery.   BB To Employers, p.145  
Naturally this sort of thing decreased the man's chance of recovery.


22.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... thing had happened.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
When that lifted, a wonderful thing had happened.


23.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... thing he needs to do is to ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... thing if you assume them.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Never avoid these responsibilities, but be sure you are doing the right thing if you assume them.


25.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... thing in some cases.   BB To Wives, p.120  
Though it is infinitely better that he have no relapse at all, as has been true with many of our men, it is by no means a bad thing in some cases.


26.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... thing in the world, once his liquor ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
It is the most natural thing in the world, once his liquor problem is solved, to feel that he will now measure up to that cherished vision.


27.
View STEP THREE essay   ... thing is being done on an individual ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
And everywhere the same thing is being done on an individual basis.


28.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... thing is taking place in many eastern ...   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Under only slightly different conditions, the same thing is taking place in many eastern cities.


29.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... thing is that he be willing to ...   BB Working With Others, p.93  
The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles.


30.
View STEP SIX essay   ... thing is that we make a beginning, ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
The only urgent thing is that we make a beginning, and keep trying.


31.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... thing is to lock them up, but ...   BB To Wives, p.114  
When they become too dangerous, we think the kind thing is to lock them up, but of course a good doctor should always be consulted.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... thing like that?   BB Into Action, p.81  
In fairness we must say that she may understand, but what are we going to do about a thing like that?


33.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... thing never fails to whip up a ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Even the suggestion of such a thing never fails to whip up a hurricane, and we have discovered that hurricanes have a way of mauling with equal severity both the just and the unjust.


34.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... thing, no matter what the personal consequences ...   BB Into Action, p.79  
Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be.


35.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... thing of supreme value in life.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life.


36.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... thing or situation as being exactly the ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.


37.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... thing or situation -- some fact of my ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.


38.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... thing supremely well than many badly.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
"Shoemaker, stick to thy last!" ... better do one thing supremely well than many badly.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... thing that all her years of devotion ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
After the husband joins A.A., the wife may become discontented, even highly resentful that Alcoholics Anonymous has done the very thing that all her years of devotion had failed to do.


40.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... thing that matters is that he is ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.


41.
View STEP TWO essay   ... thing that we had contemptuously condemned in ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
Self-righteousness, the very thing that we had contemptuously condemned in others, was our own besetting evil.


42.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... thing, they believed, for the liquor trade ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
It would be a good thing, they believed, for the liquor trade to show a sense of public responsibility.


43.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... thing to do, but it must be ...   BB Working With Others, pp.98-99  
In many homes this is a difficult thing to do, but it must be done if any results are to be expected.


44.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... thing to feel a part.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
We commenced to make many fast friends and a fellowship has grown up among us of which it is a wonderful thing to feel a part.


45.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... thing to us!'   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
You can't do this thing to us!'


46.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... thing up with his hospital or any ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
As generous as Charlie has been to us, don't you see that we can't tie this thing up with his hospital or any other?


47.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... thing was nothing but a mass of ...   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Could we still say the whole thing was nothing but a mass of electrons, created out of nothing, meaning nothing, whirling on to a destiny of nothingness?


48.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... thing we have been able to offer ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Dr. John F. Stouffer, Chief Psychiatrist, Philadelphia General Hospital, citing his experience with A.A., said: "The alcoholics we get here at Philadelphia General are mostly those who cannot afford private treatment, and A.A. is by far the greatest thing we have been able to offer them.


49.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... thing we 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.


50.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... thing, we shall get rid of that ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had.


51.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... thing, we still didn't belong.   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
Until we had talked with complete candor of our conflicts, and had listened to someone else do the same thing, we still didn't belong.


52.
View STEP NINE essay   ... thing when it becomes clear, cost what ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Do we lay the matter before our sponsor or spiritual adviser, earnestly asking God's help and guidance -- meanwhile resolving to do the right thing when it becomes clear, cost what it may?


53.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... thing which makes life seem so worth ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now.


54.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... thing with our lives.   BB How It Works, p.64  
We did exactly the same thing with our lives.


55.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... thing you might wish to do.   BB To Employers, p.147  
There is another thing you might wish to do.


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