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1.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... mind.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
In this statement he confirms what we who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe -- that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... mind.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
It hadn't even come to mind.


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
I knew from that moment that I had an alcoholic mind.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... mind.   BB Into Action, p.82  
Each might pray about it, having the other one's happiness uppermost in mind.


5.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... mind.   BB Into Action, p.87  
What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind.


6.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... mind.   BB Working With Others, p.95  
If he is not interested in your solution, if he expects you to act only as a banker for his financial difficulties or a nurse for his sprees, you may have to drop him until he changes his mind.


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... mind.   BB To Wives, p.113  
The seed has been planted in his mind.


8.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... mind.   BB To Employers, p.140  
But these scrapes can generally be charged, no matter how bad, to the abnormal action of alcohol on his mind.


9.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... mind.   BB To Employers, p.141  
Perhaps you have such a man in mind.


10.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... mind.   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
The man in the bed was told of the acute poisoning from which he suffered, how it deteriorates the body of an alcoholic and warps his mind.


11.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Third, all you really need is a truly open mind.


12.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind."   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Again I say, all you need is the open mind."


13.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind.   12&12 Step Two, pp.26-27  
Time after time, my instructors held up to me the basic principle of all scientific progress: search and research, again and again, always with the open mind.


14.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind."   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
"Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind."


15.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... mind.   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind.


16.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... mind.   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
If we lie or cheat, we deprive others not only of their worldly goods, but of their emotional security and peace of mind.


17.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... mind.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
Three years ago, when my head doctor, Silkworth, began to tell me of the idea of helping drunks by spirituality, I thought it was crackpot stuff, but I've changed my mind.


18.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... mind.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
As we've been talking, five short words have been running through my mind.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... mind a story about one of our ...   BB Into Action, p.80  
This brings to mind a story about one of our friends.


20.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... mind and body.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.


21.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... mind and body.   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body.


22.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... mind and body are marvelous mechanisms, for ...   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
The mind and body are marvelous mechanisms, for mine endured this agony two more years.


23.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... mind and body of the effects of ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
Whatever the method, its object is to thoroughly clear mind and body of the effects of alcohol.


24.
View STEP TEN essay   ... mind and emotion, this perverse wish to ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom.


25.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... mind and its hidden springs that relapse ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
Above all, he believed he had acquired such a profound knowledge of the inner workings of his mind and its hidden springs that relapse was unthinkable.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... mind, and love of which he had ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.


27.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... mind, as we discovered we could face ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.


28.
View STEP NINE essay   ... mind at the expense of others.   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
While we may be quite willing to reveal the very worst, we must be sure to remember that we cannot buy our own peace of mind at the expense of others.


29.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind, but she didn't.   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
The girl we wanted to marry had other notions; we prayed God that she'd change her mind, but she didn't.


30.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind can lead us to faith, and ...   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.


31.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... mind easily in each individual case, will ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.52-53  
Questions like these, more of which will come to mind easily in each individual case, will help turn up the root causes.


32.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... mind existed to the extent that it ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
I have never seen one single case recover, where that state of mind existed to the extent that it does in you."


33.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind" for himself.   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself.


34.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... mind how twisted or violent you may ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
We aren't a bit afraid you'll harm us, never mind how twisted or violent you may be.


35.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind, I went about my business and ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
"In this frame of mind, I went about my business and for a time all was well.


36.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... mind in a sorely troubled world, then ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible.


37.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... mind in which a malicious individual was ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
One instance comes to mind in which a malicious individual was always making friendly little jokes about an alcoholic's drinking exploits.


38.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind, it was me.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
It wasn't A.A. that had the closed mind, it was me.


39.
View STEP ONE essay   ... mind meanwhile what we have told you ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
Why don't you try some more controlled drinking, bearing in mind meanwhile what we have told you about alcoholism?"


40.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... mind of a chronic alcoholic.   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
The doctor said: "You have the mind of a chronic alcoholic.


41.
View STEP SIX essay   ... mind of a rationalizing alcoholic, could certainly ...   12&12 Step Six, p.69  
That word, in the mind of a rationalizing alcoholic, could certainly be given a long-term meaning.


42.
View STEP ONE essay   ... mind of another the true nature of ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
It was then discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again.


43.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... mind of every woman who has an ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
These are some of the questions which race through the mind of every woman who has an alcoholic husband.


44.
View STEP SIX essay   ... mind of God.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
This is a riddle of our existence, the full answer to which may be only in the mind of God.


45.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... Mind or Spirit of Nature but I ...   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
I could go for such conceptions as Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind or Spirit of Nature but I resisted the thought of a Czar of the Heavens, however loving His sway might be.


46.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... mind, rather than in his body.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body.


47.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... mind snapped shut against such a theory.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
When they talked of a God personal to me, who was love, superhuman strength and direction, I became irritated and my mind snapped shut against such a theory.


48.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... mind than this one.   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.


49.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... mind that I could not complete my ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
This went from bad to worse until sophomore spring when, after a prolonged period of drinking, I made up my mind that I could not complete my course, so I packed my grip and went South to spend a month on a large farm owned by a friend of mine.


50.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind that if I were to put ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
"Suddenly the thought crossed my mind that if I were to put an ounce of whiskey in my milk it couldn't hurt me on a full stomach.


51.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind that it would be nice to ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
As I crossed the threshold of the dining room, the thought came to mind that it would be nice to have a couple of cocktails with dinner.


52.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind that until he had been successful ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
He made up his mind that until he had been successful in business and had retired, he would not touch another drop.


53.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
As to two of you men, whose stories I have heard, there is no doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help.


54.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... mind the musty past; here sat a ...   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Never mind the musty past; here sat a miracle directly across the kitchen table.


55.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind, the time and place would come ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I now remembered what my alcoholic friends had told me, how they prophesied that if I had an alcoholic mind, the time and place would come -- I would drink again.


56.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... mind; there is something the matter with ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status.


57.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... mind: "They have deserted me.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
After all his pleas for help had been rebuffed, these words rang in his fevered mind: "They have deserted me.


58.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... mind to all spiritual concepts.   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts.


59.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... mind to deter us.   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us.


60.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind to go through with the process, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be.


61.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... mind to God -- and in this sense ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God -- and in this sense it includes meditation.


62.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... mind to quit drinking altogether.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
He made up his mind to quit drinking altogether.


63.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... mind was about made up.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
"Although I asked Charlie for a little time to consider it, my own mind was about made up.


64.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... mind was the habitual or whoopee drinker.   BB To Employers, p.149  
What our friend, the vice president, had in mind was the habitual or whoopee drinker.


65.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... mind we've been dependent upon somebody, usually ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
Time out of mind we've been dependent upon somebody, usually money-wise.


66.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... mind which accompany it.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Talk about the conditions of body and mind which accompany it.


67.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... mind which became more and more predominant ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
My whole life seemed to be centered around doing what I wanted to do, without regard for the rights, wishes, or privileges of anyone else; a state of mind which became more and more predominant as the years passed.


68.
View STEP TWO essay   ... mind which can be described only as ...   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
He is in a state of mind which can be described only as savage.


69.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... mind which can stand firm in the ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.


70.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... mind will still elude him; that all ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.


71.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... mind would be: "what did the man ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
The question which might naturally come into your mind would be: "what did the man do or say that was different from what others had done or said?"


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