The enigmatic Sixth Step, after the buildup to Step Four and the ceremony of Step Five, seemed lost to me the first time through…and second. Sitting quietly for an hour with nobody watching, nobody timing, nothing to turn in, felt just so anticlimactic. But living sober I’ve learned the gravity of Step Six […]

The Sixth Step – Kevin L_June 2015


It was my fourth time going through the steps before I thought I really “got” it on step five.  (By got it, I mean that I felt I finally understood the real objective.)  The first three times were not by any means a waste.  They were like a warm up for the real […]

My Experience with Step Five – Toni L_June2015


“Our membership ought to include all who suffer alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have […]

On Tradition Three – Editorial by Bill W reprinted from ...



I was born to be a mother. Thankfully, my higher power gave me the gift of sobriety first. Twenty five years of binge drinking kept me from achieving my heart’s desires. I was 12 years old when I had my first blackout; I was 37 when I had my last. […]

Sober Mother – Suzi W from Maryland_May 2015


I want to express my gratitude for the amazing opportunity to attend the Pre Conference Assembly this past weekend in Vernal.  I was recently voted in as my home groups GSR and was excited for the opportunity not knowing everything it entailed.  I have attended the monthly GSR meeting and […]

2015 Pre-Conference Assembly Report – Megan S_May 2015


By the time I arrived at AA I had no doubt that I was an alcoholic. I arrived beaten down and willing to do whatever it took to stay sober. That meant doing the Twelve Steps to the best of my ability (though at the time my brain was so […]

My First Step Four – Shannon – May 2015



“Admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.” 1. Every “natural” instinct cries out against the idea of a personal powerlessness (defects of the thinking mind). 2. We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first step toward liberation and strength […]

Step One – A Brief Outline – compiled by Brian ...