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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 WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... tried.  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried.


2.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... tried.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
Over the years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve Steps and Traditions has been tried.


3.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... tried, 50% got sober at once and ...  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.


4.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... tried a moral inventory is that pride ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
But the testimony of A.A.'s who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sort turn out to be bogeymen, nothing else.


5.
View STEP ONE essay   ... tried A.A., but did not succeed because ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
Many less desperate alcoholics tried A.A., but did not succeed because they could not make the admission of hopelessness.


6.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... tried A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Whereupon we tried A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down because you cannot put an A.A. group into business; too many busybody cooks spoil the broth.


7.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... tried again.  BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Renewing my resolve, I tried again.


8.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... tried another."  BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
That didn't seem to bother me so I tried another."


9.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums -- we could increase the list ad infinitum.


10.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... tried every imaginable remedy.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
We have tried every imaginable remedy.


11.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... tried every known remedy.  BB To Employers, p.137  
Some employers have tried every known remedy.


12.
View STEP TWO essay   ... tried faith and found it wanting.  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting.


13.
View STEP TEN essay   ... tried hard and failed, we may chalk ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Even when we have tried hard and failed, we may chalk that up as one of the greatest credits of all.


14.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... tried hard enough and long enough to ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!


15.
View STEP THREE essay   ... tried it, and with equal misgivings, can ...  12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Fortunately, we who have tried it, and with equal misgivings, can testify that anyone, anyone at all, can begin to do it.


16.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... tried it enough."  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough."


17.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... tried it lots of times, but utter ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
We've tried it lots of times, but utter failure is always the result.


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... tried many avenues of escape.  BB A Vision For You, p.155  
He had a desperate desire to stop, but saw no way out, for he had earnestly tried many avenues of escape.


19.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... tried spiritual means to resolve his alcoholic ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
This physician had repeatedly tried spiritual means to resolve his alcoholic dilemma but had failed.


20.
View STEP TWO essay   ... tried the way of faith and the ...  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
They have tried the way of faith and the way of no faith.


21.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... tried these methods.  BB Working With Others, p.101  
We have tried these methods.


22.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... tried this for a while.  BB Into Action, p.86  
We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.


23.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... tried to avoid the issue, hoping against ...  BB We Agnostics, p.44  
At first some of us tried to avoid the issue, hoping against hope we were not true alcoholics.


24.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... tried to be on other questions.  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Faced with alcoholic destruction, we soon became as open minded on spiritual matters as we had tried to be on other questions.


25.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... tried to be secure by some unhealthy ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.116-117  
Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence.


26.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... tried to be sensible on this question.  BB How It Works, p.68  
But above all, we tried to be sensible on this question.


27.
View STEP THREE essay   ... tried to bombard our problems with it ...  12&12 Step Three, p.40  
We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us.


28.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... tried to carry the load alone; how ...  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


29.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... tried to carry this message to alcoholics, ...  BB How It Works, p.60  
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


30.
View CONTENTS   ... tried to carry this message to alcoholics, ...  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.8  
Step Twelve -- "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."


31.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... tried to carry this message to alcoholics, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
"Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."


32.
View STEP THREE essay   ... tried to come to "a decision to ...  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to "a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


33.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... tried to correct these conditions and found ...  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We thought "conditions" drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics.


34.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... tried to create reality out of bottles.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
When such thoughts break in, we might recall, a little ruefully, how much store we used to set by imagination as it tried to create reality out of bottles.


35.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... tried to disregard the other person involved ...  BB How It Works, p.67  
Though a situation had not been entirely our fault, we tried to disregard the other person involved entirely.


36.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... tried to expel members, but the banished ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Groups have tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out."


37.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... tried to have our own way, the ...  BB How It Works, p.66  
But the more we fought and tried to have our own way, the worse matters got.


38.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... tried to help him -- his doctor, his ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, pp.185-186  
He also wanted to tell others who had tried to help him -- his doctor, his minister, and close friends.


39.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... tried to hold on to our old ...  BB How It Works, p.58  
Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.


40.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... tried to hold the love of our ...  BB To Wives, p.106  
We have tried to hold the love of our children for their father.


41.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... tried to impress them during childhood.  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
To others, the word "God" brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had tried to impress them during childhood.


42.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... tried to improve his conscious contact with ...  12&12 Step Eleven, pp.104-105  
Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God.


43.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... tried to keep to themselves certain facts ...  BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


44.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... tried to make money out of their ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We took this violent new tack because here and there members had tried to make money out of their A.A. connections, and we feared we'd be exploited.


45.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... tried to make mortar without sand?  BB Into Action, p.75  
Have we tried to make mortar without sand?


46.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... tried to play God and dominate those ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Either we had tried to play God and dominate those about us, or we had insisted on being overdependent upon them.


47.
View STEP NINE essay   ... tried to possess ourselves of the right ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
After we have made the list of people we have harmed, have reflected carefully upon each instance, and have tried to possess ourselves of the right attitude in which to proceed, we will see that the making of direct amends divides those we should approach into several classes.


48.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... tried to professionalize our Twelfth Step, the ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Every time we have tried to professionalize our Twelfth Step, the result has been exactly the same: Our single purpose has been defeated.


49.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... tried to regulate his drinking for a ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
He tried to regulate his drinking for a while, making several trips to the hospital meantime.


50.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... tried to shape a sane and sound ...  BB How It Works, p.69  
In this way we tried to shape a sane and sound ideal for our future sex life.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... tried to shoulder the entire burden and ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
But those of us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and trouble of others find we are soon overcome by them.


52.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... tried to show him that humility was ...  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.


53.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... tried to struggle to the top of ...  12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it.


54.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... tried volunteers, who were quickly disenchanted with ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
We tried volunteers, who were quickly disenchanted with sweeping floors and brewing coffee seven days a week.


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