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1.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... while.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
We heard no more of Fred for a while.


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... while.   BB How It Works, p.66  
To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... while.   BB Into Action, p.86  
We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.


4.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... while.   BB To Wives, p.109  
Of those who keep on, a good number will become true alcoholics after a while.


5.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... while.   BB To Employers, p.140  
If this presents difficulty, re-reading chapters two and three, where the alcoholic sickness is discussed at length might be worth while.


6.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... while.   BB To Employers, p.146  
You may need to encourage him to play once in a while.


7.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... while acutely depressed, realization of his condition ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
If the book is read the moment the patient is able, while acutely depressed, realization of his condition may come to him.


8.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while, alcoholics have had what are called ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences.


9.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... while alcoholics would spend lavishly on Twelfth ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
It was soon apparent that while alcoholics would spend lavishly on Twelfth Step cases, they had a terrific aversion to dropping money into a meeting-place hat for group purposes.


10.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   While an A.A. group may cooperate with ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


11.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   While an A.A. group may cooperate with ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never to go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... while can be accomplished until we do ...   BB Into Action, p.77  
We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do.


13.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while drinking.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He does absurd, incredible, tragic things while drinking.


14.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... while drinking.   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.


15.
View INTO ACTION chapter   While drinking, he accepted a sum of ...   BB Into Action, p.80  
While drinking, he accepted a sum of money from a bitterly-hated business rival, giving him no receipt for it.


16.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while drinking resembles his normal nature but ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
His disposition while drinking resembles his normal nature but little.


17.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   While grateful that he drinks no more, ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
While grateful that he drinks no more, they may not like the idea that God has accomplished the miracle where they failed.


18.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... while he is still jittery.   BB Working With Others, p.91  
Call on him while he is still jittery.


19.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while he may tell the truth.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Once in a while he may tell the truth.


20.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... while he was drinking.   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Their young minds were impressionable while he was drinking.


21.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... while here he acquired some ideas which ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
Many years ago one of the leading contributors to this book came under our care in this hospital and while here he acquired some ideas which he put into practical application at once.


22.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while his religious convictions were very good, ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
This hope, however, was destroyed by the doctor's telling him that while his religious convictions were very good, in his case they did not spell the necessary vital spiritual experience.


23.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... while hoping, always hoping.   BB To Wives, p.105  
Our friends have counseled chucking the men and we have done so with finality, only to be back in a little while hoping, always hoping.


24.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   While I lay in the hospital the ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
While I lay in the hospital the thought came that there were thousands of hopeless alcoholics who might be glad to have what had been so freely given me.


25.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... while I started out to overtake Walter ...   BB Bill's Story, p.3  
We went at once to the country, my wife to applaud while I started out to overtake Walter Hagen.


26.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... while I tried to show him that ...   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.


27.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while in life.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... while isn't enough.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
A kindly act once in a while isn't enough.


29.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... while its individual members waxed prosperous.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
So A.A., the movement, started and stayed broke, while its individual members waxed prosperous.


30.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... while later, Ed got a sales job ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
Quite a while later, Ed got a sales job which took him out of town.


31.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... while, making several trips to the hospital ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
He tried to regulate his drinking for a while, making several trips to the hospital meantime.


32.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... while on the firing line, see the ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.


33.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   While on the subject of confidence, can ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
While on the subject of confidence, can you adopt the attitude that so far as you are concerned this will be a strictly personal matter, that his alcoholic derelictions, the treatment about to be undertaken, will never be discussed without his consent?


34.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   While our literature has preserved the integrity ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
While our literature has preserved the integrity of the A.A. message, sweeping changes in society as a whole are reflected in new customs and practices within the Fellowship.


35.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... while ours are not.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when the ambitions of others seem to be realized while ours are not.


36.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   While pondering the answer he felt as ...   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
While pondering the answer he felt as though he lived in hell.


37.
View STEP NINE essay   ... while practicing evasion.   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
Let's not talk prudence while practicing evasion.


38.
View STEP SIX essay   ... while staying within conventional bounds, many people ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
And even while staying within conventional bounds, many people have to admit that their imaginary sex excursions are apt to be all dressed up as dreams of romance.


39.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
We know that while the alcoholic keeps away from drink, as he may do for months or years, he reacts much like other men.


40.
View STEP FIVE essay   While the comment or advice of others ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
While the comment or advice of others may be by no means infallible, it is likely to be far more specific than any direct guidance we may receive while we are still so inexperienced in establishing contact with a Power greater than ourselves.


41.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   While the internal difficulties of our adolescent ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
While the internal difficulties of our adolescent period were being ironed out, public acceptance of A.A. grew by leaps and bounds.


42.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... while the newcomer's fate hung in the ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
So went the discussion while the newcomer's fate hung in the balance.


43.
View STEP EIGHT essay   While the purpose of making restitution to ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
While the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can.


44.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... while there is yet time.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
But the difficulty is that few alcoholics have enough desire to stop while there is yet time.


45.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... while there is yet time.   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may tell mother, who has been religious all her life, that she doesn't know what it's all about, and that she had better get his brand of spirituality while there is yet time.


46.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... while they admit it is injurious, they ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.


47.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... while they would be their old sweet ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
For a while they would be their old sweet selves, only to dash the new structure of affection to pieces once more.


48.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... while this was a humiliating experience, it ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn't necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility.


49.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... while three drunks looked hungrily on from ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Arriving home, I found Lois cooking as usual, while three drunks looked hungrily on from the kitchen door.


50.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... while to us now.   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.


51.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... while trying to enforce upon the rest ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification.


52.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... while, turn the talk to some phase ...   BB Working With Others, p.91  
After a while, turn the talk to some phase of drinking.


53.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... while we are still so inexperienced in ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
While the comment or advice of others may be by no means infallible, it is likely to be far more specific than any direct guidance we may receive while we are still so inexperienced in establishing contact with a Power greater than ourselves.


54.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... while we blamed others for them.   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Or anger and hurt pride might be the smoke screen under which we were hiding some of our defects while we blamed others for them.


55.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... while we had to face the fact ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
But after a while we had to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of life -- or else.


56.
View STEP NINE essay   While we may be quite willing to ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
While we may be quite willing to reveal the very worst, we must be sure to remember that we cannot buy our own peace of mind at the expense of others.


57.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... while we still had some flaws of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
So we decided that while we still had some flaws of character that we could not yet relinquish, we ought nevertheless to quit our stubborn, rebellious hanging on to them.


58.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... while we were intolerant ourselves.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves.


59.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... while we weren't alone any more in ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
But we soon discovered that while we weren't alone any more in a social sense, we still suffered many of the old pangs of anxious apartness.


60.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... while working on this Step with our ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.


61.
View TO WIVES chapter   While you need not discuss your husband ...   BB To Wives, p.115  
While you need not discuss your husband at length, you can quietly let your friends know the nature of his illness.


62.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   While you were drinking, you were withdrawing ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
While you were drinking, you were withdrawing from life little by little.


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