By making a list of the people we harmed and becoming willing to make amends, we take action toward healing the past with others and learning how to live in the world. Big book sponsorship 12 step recovery from any and all. Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and more concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either alcoholics. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. Our very lives, as exproblem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others. I have provided a link in a couple of places on this page for your convenience, so you can get to the search page.
Trust in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. This is the audio version of the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Helping in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. The big book includes an assertion first made in the second edition, which was published in 1955. Because this book has become the basic text for our. To enable you to find a power greater than yourself that will solve your problem. It is my hope that you will find this site useful to you and our friends of bill w. The irrationality of alcoholics anonymous the atlantic.
The big book of alcoholics anonymous, also referred to as alcoholics anonymous. Of course its also fine to pick one method and stick with it. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions alcoholics anonymous alcoholics anonymous this is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Working with otherstoday we begin chapter 7 working with others which is of course the suggestion of the 12th step. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism, is a collection of texts used by members of the alcoholics anonymous fellowship the book has undergone four revisions since william wilson, also known as bill w. What the big book really says by jay westbrook on december 29, 2014 in living in recovery, living with addiction alcoholics anonymous, and the myriad of other 12step programs, can be invaluable to the recovering alcoholic or addict. Chapter two breaks down the history of working with others.
This workshop is also for recovered members who want to work with others. Aa big book video chapter 7 working with others aa big book video chapter 7 working with others. Working with others practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered. Our goal is to study the steps as a friendly, focused group, and work them as the authors of the big book described.
The big book serves as the foundation for the alcoholics anonymous 12step program, the worlds largest alcoholism support group. Often it was while working on this step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we fi rst felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us. A study guide for the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous. We wish to make the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous part of our. Being sober versus being in recovery psychology today. The introduction delves into what the solution is for alcoholics and drug addicts, by examining the chapter out of the big book of a. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends this is an experience you must not miss. Outlining the steps and traditions that make aa famous, as well as numerous stories about recovering addicts who have been through the process, the big book has helped guide millions into a life of sobriety. Bearing in mind that step 12 is fundamentally the special insight of bill wilson when alone, on the verge of relapse as he wandered up and down the lobby of the mayflower hotel in akron in june of 1935 instead of the bar he called the local episcopalian minister reverend walter. The whytehouse is, i hope, a way to find that special phrase or saying etc. It may be helpful to point out what is at times a source of confusion for aa members. The big book study seriespart 9 chapter 7 working with. Many aa members refer back to the big book once they complete the 12step program and as they work with others on their recovery.
It is highly recommended to try both or to work directly from the big book. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is. The big book serves as the basis of alcoholics anonymous aa. More than 300,000 copies of the first edition are now in circulation. If you want to recover from alcoholism nothing you can do will be of more help than working with other alcoholics. This was the version of the big book distributed to friends and colleagues of aas founders before the first edition was printed. The big book of alcoholics anonymous into action duration. Aa speaker turn our will and our lives over to the care of god new 20 duration. Alcoholics anonymous big book 4th edition softcover item. Breaking down step eight of aa alcoholics anonymous.
Working through the steps with our sponsors, studying this program with our aa group and helping another alcoholic to. It is the basic text of the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous, and has helped large numbers of alcoholic men and women, young and old, recover. Our very lives, as exproblem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs aa, 2001, p. Through closely examining our big book, along with much experience and practice with our twelve steps, as well as vigorous work with other alcoholics, the missing piece of step 1 appears to be what is referred to on page 64 as the spiritual malady. Helping other alcoholics helps the helper psychology today. I was asked this week whether i would be a sponsor by a member who had become disillusioned with aa.
The differences are clear to those who have experienced both phases in their healing process from alcoholism. The 164 and more book, ebook, and web site are all concordances which display passages from the big book alcoholics anonymous, the twelve steps and twelve traditions, and the a. Intensive work is what is called for, not mere causual association. The vast experience of aa members the world over proves it to be true. There are many page references to help each person working the steps to easily refer back to aas major text. Aa the original way 12 step guide aa the original way group. Aa big book video chapter 7 working with others youtube. Alcoholics anonymous big book audio read aloud youtube. The purpose of this study guide is to enable the student to better understand the information the authors of the book, alcoholics anonymous, intended to impart to each of us based on their experience and knowledge of alcoholism and. Help in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. Step eight of aa alcoholics anonymous is the beginning of the process of making amends, forgiving others and possibly being forgiven by them, in addition to forgiving ourselves. This is the second edition of the book alcoholics anonymous, which made its first appearance in april 1939.
This workshop is for newcomersbeginners who want the original, undiluted 12 step program of the 1940s when recovery rates were 5075 per cent. Two study guides for the big book of alcoholics anonymous the first study guide has a summary of each book and then hundreds of follow up questions to answer and add sobriety notes. The big book of alcoholics anonymous and twelve step programs across the world have helped millions of people recover from addictions. The steps by the big book workbook can be downloaded for free. Big book workbook is for those who are willing to grow along spiritual lines 60. This is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics you can help when on one else can. There is an important distinction between being sober and being in recovery. Service in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12.1122 222 854 770 1508 1397 1366 365 1440 1074 793 1122 8 1068 778 1168 374 1109 167 321 60 1315 1385 171 98 869 487 327 976 1403 1049 794 582 1154 379 1265 740 1138 1471 1252 611 20