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1.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... long.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
In the doctor's judgment he was utterly hopeless; he could never regain his position in society and he would have to place himself under lock and key or hire a bodyguard if he expected to live long.


2.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... long.   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
We do not know of many cases where this difficulty lasted long.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... long.   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
When our friend related his experience, the man agreed that no amount of will power he might muster could stop his drinking for long.


4.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... long.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
The total list was a mile long.


5.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... long absent.   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
He has helped other men recover, and is a power in the church from which he was long absent.


6.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... long after the man with the double ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
Not long after the man with the double stigma knocked for admission, A.A.'s other group received into its membership a salesman we shall call Ed.


7.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... long after their mother has accepted dad's ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
This may hang on for months, long after their mother has accepted dad's new way of living and thinking.


8.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long afterward he had called me from ...   BB To Employers, p.136  
Not long afterward he had called me from Hartford on two successive days, so drunk he could hardly speak.


9.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... long ago.   BB We Agnostics, pp.44-45  
If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago.


10.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... long ago.   BB To Wives, p.119  
Without you he would have gone to pieces long ago.


11.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long ago, or else given an opportunity ...   BB To Employers, p.147  
They often jeopardize their own positions by trying to help serious drinkers who should have been fired long ago, or else given an opportunity to get well.


12.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... long ago, trustees and staff members alike ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
But long ago, trustees and staff members alike found they could do no more than make suggestions, and very mild ones at that.


13.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... long and rocky.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
The road to this conclusion was long and rocky.


14.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... long and wearily in this alcoholic field.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field.


15.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long as he does not bear business ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
Can he talk frankly with you so long as he does not bear business tales or criticize his associates?


16.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... long as He may need us.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
They live today in the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which -- God willing -- shall sustain us in unity for so long as He may need us.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... long as he plays well whatever cards ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
He learns that he can be content as long as he plays well whatever cards life deals him.


18.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long as I was able to hold ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
I know, in my own particular case, that nothing my company could have done would have stopped me for, so long as I was able to hold my position, I could not possibly realize how serious my situation was.


19.
View STEP TEN essay   ... long as none of them gave us ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Most of us must admit that we have loved but a few; that we have been quite indifferent to the many so long as none of them gave us trouble; and as for the remainder -- well, we have really disliked or hated them.


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... long as some of us were.   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Sometimes this was a tedious process; we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were.


21.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... long as we don't argue these matters ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
So long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch we never shall publicly."


22.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... long as we expressed the idea, voicing ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation.


23.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... long as we keep in fit spiritual ...   BB Into Action, p.85  
That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... long as we place dependence upon other ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job -- wife or no wife -- we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.


25.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... long as we placed self-reliance first, a ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a Higher Power was out of the question.


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... long as we try, however falteringly, to ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator.


27.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... long as we were convinced that we ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... long at a time.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
We seldom allow an alcoholic to live in our homes for long at a time.


29.
View STEP THREE essay   ... long before, and if they have not ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
They should have been weaned long before, and if they have not been, they should wake up to the fact.


30.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... long before he is himself.   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself.


31.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... long before I was drinking at least ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
It was not long before I was drinking at least a case and a half a day.


32.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... long before it is suspected.   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every case long before it is suspected.


33.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long beyond a reasonable period.   BB To Employers, p.137  
Because of the employee's special ability, or of his own strong personal attachment to him, the employer has sometimes kept such a man at work long beyond a reasonable period.


34.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long chat with him on his return.   BB To Employers, p.143  
It might be well to have a long chat with him on his return.


35.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long distance from Virginia.   BB To Employers, p.137  
Still another experience: A woman's voice came faintly over long distance from Virginia.


36.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... long distances to be present.   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
From surrounding towns, families drive long distances to be present.


37.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... long either."   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Show any longshoreman a Sunday supplement describing a proposal to explore the moon by means of a rocket and he will say, "I bet they do it -- maybe not so long either."


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... long enough acquainted to know that their ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The prospective partners need to be solid A.A.'s and long enough acquainted to know that their compatibility at spiritual, mental, and emotional levels is a fact and not wishful thinking.


39.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long enough to drink like other people!   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Long experience with alcoholic excuses naturally arouses ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
Long experience with alcoholic excuses naturally arouses suspicion.


41.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... long face in places where there is ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Why sit with a long face in places where there is drinking, sighing about the good old days.


42.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long for you to decide, if you ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it.


43.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... "long form" A.A. Traditions as first printed ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
This is a condensed version of the original "long form" A.A. Traditions as first printed in 1946.


44.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... "long form" is more explicit and of ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
Because the "long form" is more explicit and of possible historic value, it is also reproduced.


45.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... long hidden, our willingness to clean house ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical.


46.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... long hours helping other men and their ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
You have been starving for his companionship, yet he spends long hours helping other men and their families.


47.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... long in darkening.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
But alas, this bright scene was not long in darkening.


48.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... long journey in the vain endeavor to ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
There my drinking became so much worse that the boys in the fraternity house where I lived felt forced to send for my father, who made a long journey in the vain endeavor to get me straightened around.


49.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... long last I saw, I felt, I ...   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
At long last I saw, I felt, I believed.


50.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... long list of people who have, to ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Then, as year by year we walk back through our lives as far as memory will reach, we shall be bound to construct a long list of people who have, to some extent or other, been affected.


51.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... long, long time.   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


52.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... long nor is it very expensive.   BB To Employers, p.143  
In competent hands, this seldom takes long nor is it very expensive.


53.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... long or happily in this world.   BB Into Action, pp.73-74  
We must be entirely honest with somebody if we expect to live long or happily in this world.


54.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... long overdue account.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
God, they believe, almost owes this recompense on a long overdue account.


55.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long period because of an overpowering desire ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so.


56.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... long period of patient striving may be ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
When the distortion has been great, however, a long period of patient striving may be necessary.


57.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... long period of reconstruction ahead.   BB Into Action, p.83  
Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead.


58.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long period of sobriety and self-discipline had ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Then he fell victim to a belief which practically every alcoholic has -- that his long period of sobriety and self-discipline had qualified him to drink as other men.


59.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... long rendezvous with hurt pride, frustration, self-pity, ...   BB To Wives, p.104  
We have had long rendezvous with hurt pride, frustration, self-pity, misunderstanding and fear.


60.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... long road, marked by successive defeats and ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of groveling despair.


61.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... long run wiser than any single leader.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
This is the experience which has led us to the conclusion that our group conscience, well-advised by its elders, will be in the long run wiser than any single leader.


62.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... long silence.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
There was a long silence.


63.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... long since been adjusted.   BB Into Action, p.79  
Of course she did not, and the whole situation has long since been adjusted.


64.
View STEP TEN essay   ... long-standing difficulties had better be postponed, when ...   12&12 Step Ten, pp.90-91  
The consideration of long-standing difficulties had better be postponed, when possible, to times deliberately set aside for that purpose.


65.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long stretch, we could thereafter drink normally.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Most of us have believed that if we remained sober for a long stretch, we could thereafter drink normally.


66.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... long talk.   BB Into Action, p.75  
We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a long talk.


67.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... long talks when I would still her ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
We had long talks when I would still her forebodings by telling her that men of genius conceived their best projects when drunk; that the most majestic constructions of philosophic thought were so derived.


68.
View STEP SIX essay   ... long-term meaning.   12&12 Step Six, p.69  
That word, in the mind of a rationalizing alcoholic, could certainly be given a long-term meaning.


69.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... long time.   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time.


70.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... long time.   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


71.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... long time.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
The charting of a safe path between these extremes took a long time.


72.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... long time ago.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
If she had not, I know I would have been dead a long time ago.


73.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... long time has passed with no return ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
A long time has passed with no return to alcohol.


74.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long time nor take the quantities some ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have.


75.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... long time that some form of moral ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
We doctors have realized for a long time that some form of moral psychology was of urgent importance to alcoholics, but its application presented difficulties beyond our conception.


76.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... long time to outgrow that serious handicap.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
It takes some of us a long time to outgrow that serious handicap.


77.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... long to repair.   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
Let them remember that his drinking wrought all kinds of damage that may take long to repair.


78.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... long to wait.   BB To Wives, p.113  
If he does not, you will probably not have long to wait.


79.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... long was a working faith in a ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible.


80.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... long way from admitting that he could ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
He was interested and conceded that he had some of the symptoms, but he was a long way from admitting that he could do nothing about it himself.


81.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... long way from making good to the ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
But he is yet a long way from making good to the wife or parents whom for years he has so shockingly treated.


82.
View STEP SIX essay   ... long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults -- without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.


83.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... long, your listener may well tell a ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
Before long, your listener may well tell a story or two about himself which will place you even more at ease.


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