Author Archives: Lifeline Editor

Tradition 5

“Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose—that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” Bill W. wrote this in a Grapevine article in April 1948 he goes on to say we have a sacred trust, “”that only a recovered alcoholic can do much for

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Concept V

Throughout our world service structure, a traditional “right of appeal” ought to prevail, thus assuring us that minority opinion will be heard and that petitions for the redress of personal grievances will be carefully considered. This Concept establishes not only the right for minority opinion to be heard and grievances addressed, but imposes upon the

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Step 5

I don’t remember ever hearing a term like “The gates of insanity” before.  It sure did describe me when I got here.  In fact, I think I had one foot inside the gate.  I knew I was crazy and there was no hope for me. The program of AA has promised me that if I

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Concept IV

Long before I had any knowledge of The Twelve Concepts for World Service, I was a beneficiary of their influence. All of us deeply desire to belong.  At the first AA meeting I attended, I was asked to introduce myself. As soon as I did, I became a member of that meeting.  I suddenly had

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Tradition 4

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole. The freedom individual groups have in Tradition 4 carries with it the admonition to protect the fellowship as a whole. Each 12 step group has complete freedom to decide for itself the program content of its meetings and the

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