The Way Out

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
You don’t HAVE to drink anymore.
"Dry" is not taking a drink. "Sobriety" is a way of life.
Sobriety=peace & serenity.
A day at a time.

The “­program of recovery” (a/k/a the "Twelve Steps" or “Twelve Suggestions”) is:

(Copyright A.A. World Services, Inc.)

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
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.


Some notes on the Big Book:
The suggested program of recovery: pp. 59-60
The most profound sentence in the Big Book: bottom of p. 70 to top of p. 71
The “promises”: pp. 83-84
What we need to do every day: pp. 85-88
What to do if agitated or doubtful: bottom of p. 87
What our recovery is dependent upon: top of p.100






AA Grapevine

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen

God grant me the Serenity 
to Accept the things I cannot change, 
Courage to change the things I can, 
and the Wisdom to know the difference, 
just for Today.
Living One Day at a Time, 
enjoying One Moment at a Time.
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace; 
taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, 
not as I would have it; 
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will; 
that I might Live reasonably happy in this life, 
and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen

The Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
and to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying (to self) that we are born to eternal life. Amen

The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner

Prayer of an Anonymous Alcoholic
Dear Lord:
Thank You for what You have given me;
Thank You for what You have taken away;
Thank You for what You have left me;
Thank You for what You are giving me;
Thank You for what You are about to give me. Amen

Other Links:
How to Pray
How to Meditate
How to Pray
The Gratitude List
The Fourth Step inventory
Alcohol and Public Health (CDC)

Other options? AA: Is it only way alcoholics can go?

Treatment?--What to Ask

Mobile MORE® Field Guide to Life

Hazelden (US)

Action on Addiction (UK)

What Addiction Actually Is

FAQ about AA

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse - NY Times Health Information: "Alcoholism (alcohol dependence) and alcohol abuse are two different forms of problem drinking. Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may control your life and relationships. Alcohol abuse is when your drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction. . . . . " (Go to the link above for more information and resources)

Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction (NY Times)

alcoholism - Google News

drug addiction - Google News

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