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View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... rules.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.

View TRADITION THREE essay   ... rules.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
"At one time," he says, "every A.A. group had many membership rules.

View TRADITION NINE essay   ... rules?  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Did anyone ever hear of a nation, a church, a political party, even a benevolent association that had no membership rules?

View TRADITION NINE essay   ... rules and regulations?  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Did anyone ever hear of a society which couldn't somehow discipline its members and enforce obedience to necessary rules and regulations?

View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... rules and regulations were adopted.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
To insure foolproof, continuous operation, sixty-one rules and regulations were adopted.

View TRADITION THREE essay   ... rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
If all those rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all, so great was the sum of our anxiety and fear.

View STEP TWO essay   ... rules of fair play and decency would ...  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We became convinced that such simple rules of fair play and decency would be enough.

View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... rules or laws, they had become so ...  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.

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