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1.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... though, a few conservative dissenters among the ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
There were, though, a few conservative dissenters among the alcoholics.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though a great wall had been built ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
Sometimes they were so inaccessible that it seemed as though a great wall had been built around them.


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Though a robust man at retirement, he ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Though a robust man at retirement, he went to pieces quickly and was dead within four years.


4.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Though a situation had not been entirely ...   BB How It Works, p.67  
Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely.


5.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... (though addressed only to wives) indicate the ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
The foregoing pages (though addressed only to wives) indicate the problems such people may face.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... though adult in years we were still ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had failed to see that though adult in years we were still behaving childishly, trying to turn everybody -- friends, wives, husbands, even the world itself -- into protective parents.


7.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Though an alcoholic does not respond, there ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
Though an alcoholic does not respond, there is no reason why you should neglect his family.


8.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... though between binges we'd sometimes go to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
In our drinking time, we acted as if the money supply was inexhaustible, though between binges we'd sometimes go to the other extreme and become almost miserly.


9.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... though certainly selfish and foolish, I had ...   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
Best of all, I met a kind doctor who explained that though certainly selfish and foolish, I had been seriously ill, bodily and mentally.


10.
View FOREWORD   ... though designed for A.A.'s membership, will give ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
The second section of this volume, though designed for A.A.'s membership, will give such inquirers an inside view of A.A. never before possible.


11.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... though drinking foolishly and heavily at the ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.


12.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... though each side may have some justification.   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
Both father and the family are mistaken, though each side may have some justification.


13.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
But the program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic.


14.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   Though ex-drinkers, we still thought we had ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Though ex-drinkers, we still thought we had to hide from public distrust and contempt.


15.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   Though experience had made him skeptical, he ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
Though experience had made him skeptical, he finished his treatment with unusual confidence.


16.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... though formerly able and respected, was then ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
His call to the clergyman led him presently to a certain resident of the town, who, though formerly able and respected, was then nearing the nadir of alcoholic despair.


17.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... though frequent, are by no means the ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Among our rapidly growing membership of thousands of alcoholics such transformations, though frequent, are by no means the rule.


18.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... though fully prepared, would turn and walk ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
Many mornings I have gone to classes, and even though fully prepared, would turn and walk back to the fraternity house because of my jitters, not daring to enter the classroom for fear of making a scene should I be called on for recitation.


19.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... though God has wrought miracles among us, ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist.


20.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... though he's been in here eight times ...   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.


21.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... though he continues to drink, the family ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
And even though he continues to drink, the family will find life more bearable.


22.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   Though he could not accept all the ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.


23.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... though he does not go for this ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
That won't hurt him a bit, even though he does not go for this remedy.


24.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... though he had been a competent businessman ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In late 1934 I attended a patient who, though he had been a competent businessman of good earning capacity, was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as hopeless.


25.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though he had pneumonia.   BB To Wives, p.108  
Treat him, when you can, as though he had pneumonia.


26.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Though he is now a most effective ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
Though he is now a most effective member of Alcoholics Anonymous, he still smokes and drinks coffee, but neither his wife nor anyone else stands in judgment.


27.
View STEP THREE essay   ... though he is sober, that after all, ...   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.


28.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... though he lived in hell.   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
While pondering the answer he felt as though he lived in hell.


29.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... though he may differ with them on ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Being possessed of a spiritual experience, the alcoholic will find he has much in common with these people, though he may differ with them on many matters.


30.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... though he usually doesn't think so.   BB How It Works, p.62  
They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so.


31.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... though he was brilliant, alert, and one ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
I had been obliged to discharge him for drinking, though he was brilliant, alert, and one of the best organizers I have ever known.


32.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... though, his assumed authority to run everything ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Very soon, though, his assumed authority to run everything begins to be shared with the first alcoholics he has helped.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Though his family be at fault in ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
Though his family be at fault in many respects, he should not be concerned about that.


34.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... though I at no time sensed that ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
My wife became deeply interested, and it was her interest that sustained mine, though I at no time sensed that it might be an answer to my liquor problem.


35.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... though I did raise a defense, it ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
They had said that though I did raise a defense, it would one day give way before some trivial reason for having a drink.


36.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... though I felt very badly, I said, ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
Wishing to be polite, though I felt very badly, I said, "Let's make the call," and extracted from my wife a promise that we would not stay over fifteen minutes.


37.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Though I had been only a nominal ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
Though I had been only a nominal churchman, their proposals were not, intellectually, hard to swallow.


38.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... though I once had the same privilege, ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
I used to get terribly upset when I saw my friends drink and knew I could not, but I schooled myself to believe that though I once had the same privilege, I had abused it so frightfully that it was withdrawn.


39.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... though I was very sincere when 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.


40.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... though if honestly and humbly made, an ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
This was only a beginning, though if honestly and humbly made, an effect, sometimes a very great one, was felt at once.


41.
View STEP EIGHT essay   Though in some cases we cannot make ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Though in some cases we cannot make restitution at all, and in some cases action ought to be deferred, we should nevertheless make an accurate and really exhaustive survey of our past life as it has affected other people.


42.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... though, is our fear and reluctance to ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
So intense, though, is our fear and reluctance to do this, that many A.A.'s at first try to bypass Step Five.


43.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... though it emanate from our best minds.   BB We Agnostics, pp.54-55  
Neither is reason, as most of us use it, entirely dependable, though it emanate from our best minds.


44.
View TO WIVES chapter   Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
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.


45.
View TO WIVES chapter   Though it is infinitely better that he ...   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.


46.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... though it often remains strong in other ...   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects.


47.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... though it once was just that for ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us.


48.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... though it was impossible for any of ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.


49.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   Though it was not our intention to ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Though it was not our intention to create such an impression, many alcoholics have nevertheless concluded that in order to recover they must acquire an immediate and overwhelming "God-consciousness" followed at once by a vast change in feeling and outlook.


50.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... though lying upon a sunlit beach, let ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
As though lying upon a sunlit beach, let us relax and breathe deeply of the spiritual atmosphere with which the grace of this prayer surrounds us.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... though marvelously improved, is still convalescing.   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
The family must realize that dad, though marvelously improved, is still convalescing.


52.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Though my drinking was not yet continuous, ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
Though my drinking was not yet continuous, it disturbed my wife.


53.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... though no one realized it at the ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
When the broker returned to New York in the fall of 1935, the first A.A. group had actually been formed, though no one realized it at the time.


54.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   Though none of these principles had the ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Though none of these principles had the force of rules or laws, they had become so widely accepted by 1950 that they were confirmed by our first International Conference held at Cleveland.


55.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Though not a religious person, I have ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Though not a religious person, I have profound respect for the spiritual approach in such cases as yours.


56.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   Though not in the strict letter of ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Though not in the strict letter of anonymity, such communications were well within its spirit.


57.
View STEP FIVE essay   Though now recognized, our defects were still ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Though now recognized, our defects were still there.


58.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Though old buildings will eventually be replaced ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Though old buildings will eventually be replaced by finer ones, the new structures will take years to complete.


59.
View TO WIVES chapter   Though once like number two he became ...   BB To Wives, p.109  
Though once like number two he became worse.


60.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Though our decision was a vital and ...   BB How It Works, p.64  
Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us.


61.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... though our motives are good.   BB How It Works, p.60  
On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.


62.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... though perhaps he came to scoff, he ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxii  
I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.


63.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though perhaps needlessly.   BB To Wives, p.112  
Tell him you have been worried, though perhaps needlessly.


64.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... though religious people were right after all.   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
It began to look as though religious people were right after all.


65.
View STEP THREE essay   Though self-will may slam it shut again, ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does, it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.


66.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... though she thought she saw something different ...   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
His wife came, scarcely daring to be hopeful, though she thought she saw something different about her husband already.


67.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... though sober nowadays, don't we often try ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
And though sober nowadays, don't we often try to do much the same thing?


68.
View FOREWORD   ... though some ideas upon which success finally ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
The basic principles of A.A., as they are known today, were borrowed mainly from the fields of religion and medicine, though some ideas upon which success finally depended were the result of noting the behavior and needs of the Fellowship itself.


69.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Though some of his manifestations are alarming ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
Though some of his manifestations are alarming and disagreeable, we think dad will be on a firmer foundation than the man who is placing business or professional success ahead of spiritual development.


70.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Though some of us resisted, we found ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Though some of us resisted, we found no great difficulty in casting aside such feelings.


71.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... though such disclosures were painful and humiliating.   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating.


72.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   Though the aggregate of recoveries resulting from ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
Though the aggregate of recoveries resulting from psychiatric effort is considerable, we physicians must admit we have made little impression upon the problem as a whole.


73.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... though the alcoholics in A.A. had suddenly ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Maybe this sounds as though the alcoholics in A.A. had suddenly gone peaceable, and become one great big happy family.


74.
View STEP THREE essay   ... though, the chances are that he has ...   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.


75.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... though, the chances are that you will ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Happily, though, the chances are that you will be in for a very pleasant surprise.


76.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... though the cocktails were ginger ale.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I had commenced to drink as carelessly as though the cocktails were ginger ale.


77.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Though the earning power of most A.A.'s ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Though the earning power of most A.A.'s is relatively high, we have some members who never seem to get on their feet moneywise, and still others who encounter heavy financial reverses.


78.
View FOREWORD   Though the essays which follow were written ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Though the essays which follow were written mainly for members, it is thought by many of A.A.'s friends that these pieces might arouse interest and find application outside A.A. itself.


79.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Though the family does not fully agree ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
Though the family does not fully agree with dad's spiritual activities, they should let him have his head.


80.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Though the family has no religious connections, ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Though the family has no religious connections, they may wish to make contact with or take membership in a religious body.


81.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... though the gates of hell had closed ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Our friend felt as though the gates of hell had closed on him with a clang.


82.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... though the great clean wind of a ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
I felt lifted up, as though the great clean wind of a mountain top blew through and through.


83.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... though the harm done others has not ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
In many instances we shall find that though the harm done others has not been great, the emotional harm we have done ourselves has.


84.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... though the head of the house still ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
They can hardly fail to approve these simple principles, though the head of the house still fails somewhat in practicing them.


85.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Though there is no way of proving ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Though there is no way of proving it, we believe that early in our drinking careers most of us could have stopped drinking.


86.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and ...   BB Into Action, p.81  
Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take.


87.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Though they knew they must help other ...   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary.


88.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... though they were still children, we had ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Where people had temporarily let us run their lives as though they were still children, we had felt very happy and secure ourselves.


89.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Though Tradition Nine at first sight seems ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Though Tradition Nine at first sight seems to deal with a purely practical matter, in its actual operation it discloses a society without organization, animated only by the spirit of service -- a true fellowship.


90.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... though, tripped over a very different snag.   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Some of us, though, tripped over a very different snag.


91.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... though we cooperate widely with the men ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Neither does A.A. take any particular medical point of view, though we cooperate widely with the men of medicine as well as with the men of religion.


92.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Though we did not like their symptoms ...   BB How It Works, p.67  
Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too.


93.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... though we had been placed in a ...   BB Into Action, p.85  
We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality -- safe and protected.


94.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... though we had been surrounded by people ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
For alcoholism had been a lonely business, even though we had been surrounded by people who loved us.


95.
View STEP TWO essay   ... though, we had met up with some ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
More often, though, we had met up with some major calamity, and to our way of thinking lost out because God deserted us.


96.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... though we had no resentment in connection ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them.


97.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Though we have no religious connection, we ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
Though we have no religious connection, we may still do well to talk with someone ordained by an established religion.


98.
View STEP FIVE essay   Though we may at first be startled ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Though we may at first be startled to realize that God knows all about us, we are apt to get used to that quite quickly.


99.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... though we may have acquired a better ...   BB Into Action, p.77  
It may be he has done us more harm than we have done him and, though we may have acquired a better attitude toward him, we are still not too keen about admitting our faults.


100.
View STEP TWO essay   ... though we were careful to hide this ...   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We used our education to blow ourselves up into prideful balloons, though we were careful to hide this from others.


101.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had been the same.


102.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... though we wish to lay down no ...   BB Into Action, p.81  
Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take.


103.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   Though we work out our solution on ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
Though we work out our solution on the spiritual as well as an altruistic plane, we favor hospitalization for the alcoholic who is very jittery or befogged.


104.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... though we would have liked to.   BB How It Works, p.62  
Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to.


105.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Though you are providing him with the ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
Though you are providing him with the best possible medical attention, he should understand that he must undergo a change of heart.


106.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... though you be but one man with ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand.


107.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though you had struck oil.   BB To Wives, p.113  
Being certain he wants to stop, you can go to him with this volume as joyfully as though you had struck oil.


108.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Though you have talked with the family, ...   BB Working With Others, p.91  
Though you have talked with the family, leave them out of the first discussion.


109.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Though you may be able to stop ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Though you may be able to stop for a considerable period, you may yet be a potential alcoholic.


110.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though your husband becomes unbearable and you ...   BB To Wives, p.111  
Even though your husband becomes unbearable and you have to leave him temporarily, you should, if you can, go without rancor.


111.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though your husband continues to drink.   BB To Wives, p.111  
It is possible to have a full and useful life, though your husband continues to drink.


112.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... though your husband were a weak character.   BB To Wives, p.115  
You will no longer be self-conscious or feel that you must apologize as though your husband were a weak character.


113.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... though your protégé may not have entirely ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Even though your protégé may not have entirely admitted his condition, he has become very curious to know how you got well.


114.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... though, your relation to him is such ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Perhaps, though, your relation to him is such that you would care to reveal only a part of your story.


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