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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 HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... unless at once followed by a strenuous ...  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.


2.
View CONTENTS   ... unless each A.A. follows suggested Steps to ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Nine), p.12  
Absence of coercion works because unless each A.A. follows suggested Steps to recovery, he signs his own death warrant.


3.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Unless each A.A. member follows to the ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless each A.A. member follows to the best of his ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant.


4.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... unless he carries the A.A. message.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
Neither he nor anybody else can survive unless he carries the A.A. message.


5.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... unless he gives it away.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
Moreover, he finds he cannot keep this priceless gift unless he gives it away.


6.
View STEP ONE essay   ... unless he has first accepted his devastating ...  12&12 Step One, p.21  
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences.


7.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... unless he has his family back.  BB Working With Others, p.99  
Let no alcoholic say he cannot recover unless he has his family back.


8.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... unless he has seen it and wishes ...  BB Working With Others, p.92  
Don't, at this stage, refer to this book, unless he has seen it and wishes to discuss it.


9.
View STEP ONE essay   ... unless he has to do these things ...  12&12 Step One, p.24  
No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect -- unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself.


10.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... unless he is in a dangerous physical ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
The family may object to this, but unless he is in a dangerous physical condition, it is better to risk it.


11.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... unless he is now willing to work ...  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.


12.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... unless he is ugly and the family ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
Don't deal with him when he is very drunk, unless he is ugly and the family needs your help.


13.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... unless he is violent.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
If your man needs hospitalization, he should have it, but not forcibly unless he is violent.


14.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... unless he passes on to other alcoholics ...  12&12 Tradition Two, pp.132-133  
Alone now, he reflects that he may not be able to stay sober, or even alive, unless he passes on to other alcoholics what was so freely given him.


15.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Unless he took some drinks, he might ...  BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Unless he took some drinks, he might not have the courage to scrape an acquaintance and would have a lonely week-end.


16.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... unless I accept life completely on life's ...  BB Acceptance, p.417  
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.


17.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... unless I could assure him, which no ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
Following his physical rehabilitation, he had a talk with me in which he frankly stated he thought the treatment a waste of effort, unless I could assure him, which no one ever had, that in the future he would have the "will power" to resist the impulse to drink.


18.
View CONTENTS   ... unless it is given away.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Five), p.11  
Sobriety can't be kept unless it is given away.


19.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... unless it will serve some good purpose.  BB Working With Others, p.92  
Doctors are rightly loath to tell alcoholic patients the whole story unless it will serve some good purpose.


20.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... unless locked up, may die or go ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane.


21.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Unless one's family expresses a desire to ...  BB Into Action, p.83  
Unless one's family expresses a desire to live upon spiritual principles we think we ought not to urge them.


22.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... unless some good and useful purpose is ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
So we think that unless some good and useful purpose is to be served, past occurrences should not be discussed.


23.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... unless the doctor thinks his mental condition ...  BB To Wives, p.114  
If he is already committed to an institution, but can convince you and your doctor that he means business, give him a chance to try our method, unless the doctor thinks his mental condition too abnormal or dangerous.


24.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... unless the family watches for these tendencies ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
This means trouble, unless the family watches for these tendencies in each other and comes to a friendly agreement about them.


25.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Unless the reason is understood, there may ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Unless the reason is understood, there may be an emotional upset.


26.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... unless there is a group.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
The moment this Twelfth Step work forms a group, another discovery is made -- that most individuals cannot recover unless there is a group.


27.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Unless there is approximate conformity to A.A.'s ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless there is approximate conformity to A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, the group, too, can deteriorate and die.


28.
View TO WIVES chapter   Unless they actually need protection from their ...  BB To Wives, p.115  
Unless they actually need protection from their father, it is best not to take sides in any argument he has with them while drinking.


29.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... unless they can again experience the sense ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks -- drinks which they see others taking with impunity.


30.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... unless they develop much more of this ...  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.


31.
View STEP ONE essay   ... unless they have hit bottom.  12&12 Step One, p.24  
The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.


32.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... unless this person can experience an entire ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.


33.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... unless we accepted many things on faith ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe.


34.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... unless we are sure he would approve.  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
Another principle we observe carefully is that we do not relate intimate experiences of another person unless we are sure he would approve.


35.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... unless we clearly see what it is.  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
No defect can be corrected unless we clearly see what it is.


36.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... unless we could find a means of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.


37.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... 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.


38.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Unless your friend wants to talk further ...  BB Working With Others, p.95  
Unless your friend wants to talk further about himself, do not wear out your welcome.


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