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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work.   BB Bill's Story, p.8  
My wife was at work.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and forces at work.


3.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
It was fortunate, for my old business associates remained skeptical for a year and a half, during which I found little work.


4.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... work.   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
A few are fortunate enough to be so situated that they can give nearly all their time to the work.


5.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... work.   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
As matters grow worse, he begins to use a combination of high-powered sedative and liquor to quiet his nerves so he can go to work.


6.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... work.   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Our ideas did not work.


7.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... work.   BB How It Works, p.62  
It didn't work.


8.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... work.   BB Into Action, p.87  
Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't work.


9.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
If their old relationship is to be resumed it must be on a better basis, since the former did not work.


10.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... work.   BB To Wives, p.119  
We find it a real mistake to dampen his enthusiasm for alcoholic work.


11.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... work.   BB A Vision For You, p.160  
This couple has since become so fascinated that they have dedicated their home to the work.


12.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... work.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
When I got the fog out of my brain, I decided that quitting school was very foolish and that I had better return and continue my work.


13.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... work.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
Occasionally, I would yield to the morning craving, but if I did, it would be only a few hours before I would be quite unfit for work.


14.
View FOREWORD   ... work.   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
This present volume proposes to broaden and deepen the understanding of the Twelve Steps as first written in the earlier work.


15.
View STEP THREE essay   ... work?   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
This brave philosophy, wherein each man plays God, sounds good in the speaking, but it still has to meet the acid test: how well does it actually work?


16.
View STEP TEN essay   ... work.   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
Before we ask what a spot-check inventory is, let's look at the kind of setting in which such an inventory can do its work.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
Nor is this the only kind of Twelfth Step work.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
Whether our audience is one or many, it is still Twelfth Step work.


19.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
There are many opportunities even for those of us who feel unable to speak at meetings or who are so situated that we cannot do much face-to-face Twelfth Step work.


20.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work?   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we actually carry the A.A. spirit into our daily work?


21.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We are sober and happy in our A.A. work.


22.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... work.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Overjoyed, the newcomer plunged into Twelfth Step work.


23.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... work.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
"Restless one day, I felt I'd better do some Twelfth Step work.


24.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Yet not a single one of them had been hired to do A.A.'s Twelfth Step work.


25.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... work.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
These experiences taught us that anonymity is real humility at work.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work against marriage partnership and compatible union.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
When alcoholism strikes, very unnatural situations may develop which work against marriage partnership and compatible union.


27.
View STEP SIX essay   ... work against their own deepest instinct.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
They work against their own deepest instinct.


28.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... work almost frantically upon alcoholics arriving in ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Hence the two men set to work almost frantically upon alcoholics arriving in the ward of the Akron City Hospital.


29.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... work, and even of their sleeping moments, ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.


30.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... work and live together.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
They were just part and parcel of learning to work and live together.


31.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work and self-sacrifice for others, he could ...   BB Bill's Story, pp.14-15  
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.


32.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... work and the chances it may afford ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Perhaps we think of our day's work and the chances it may afford us to be useful and helpful, or of some special problem that it may bring.


33.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... work; and then he lowered the boom.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
He paid a fine tribute to the Fellowship; he told how his family had been reunited; he extolled the virtue of honesty; he recalled the joys of Twelfth Step work; and then he lowered the boom.


34.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... work as a salesman for the business ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
His family was re-assembled, and he began to work as a salesman for the business he had lost through drinking.


35.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work as individuals in these wider fields.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
We see that we have no right or need to discourage A.A.'s who wish to work as individuals in these wider fields.


36.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... work, as such, needed to be publicized.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Our work, as such, needed to be publicized.


37.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... work at Akron continued through the summer ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
This work at Akron continued through the summer of 1935.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... work at it.   BB Into Action, p.86  
It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it.


39.
View STEP TWO essay   ... work at it very hard, either.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
You won't have to work at it very hard, either.


40.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... Work better. Having a better time."   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Now and then a serious drinker, being dry at the moment says, "I don't miss it at all. Feel better. Work better. Having a better time."


41.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... work, but not its individual members.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Here was something rare in the world -- a society which said it wished to publicize its principles and its work, but not its individual members.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... work during these three years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
I lost only a half day's work during these three years.


43.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... work for.   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
This being so, we think it logically follows that sobriety -- first, last, and all the time -- is the only thing we need to work for.


44.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... work for humility as something to be ...   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.


45.
View PREFACE   ... work for me too."   BB Preface, p.xii  
If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or, more important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too."


46.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... work for something new which does?   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Is not our age characterized by the ease with which we discard old ideas for new, by the complete readiness with which we throw away the theory or gadget which does not work for something new which does?


47.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... work for them.   BB How It Works, p.70  
We think of their needs and work for them.


48.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... work for them.   BB Into Action, p.84  
They will always materialize if we work for them.


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work for us.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
We A.A.'s cannot pretend to offer full answers to age-old perplexities, but our own experience does provide certain answers that work for us.


50.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work for us.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
We do not decry professionalism in other fields, but we accept the sober fact that it does not work for us.


51.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... work forms a group, another discovery is ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
The moment this Twelfth Step work forms a group, another discovery is made -- that most individuals cannot recover unless there is a group.


52.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... work full time, and you're broke.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
But you're giving this work full time, and you're broke.


53.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... work grudgingly and under half steam.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
We loaf and procrastinate, or at best work grudgingly and under half steam.


54.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work hard and have a knack of ...   BB To Employers, pp.139-140  
When sober, does he not work hard and have a knack of getting things done?


55.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work hard and they play hard.   BB To Employers, p.146  
They work hard and they play hard.


56.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... work hard at the elimination of the ...   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.


57.
View STEP SIX essay   ... work hard with no better motive than ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
And how often we work hard with no better motive than to be secure and slothful later on -- only we call that "retiring."


58.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... work, has told us of his belief ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
We are greatly indebted to the doctor in attendance there, for he, although it might prejudice his own work, has told us of his belief in ours.


59.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... work, he can do this with an ...   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Understanding our work, he can do this with an eye to selecting those who are willing and able to recover on a spiritual basis.


60.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work, he would surely drink again, and ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die.


61.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... work, his wife gets a divorce and ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
Finally, he can no longer work, his wife gets a divorce and he is held up to ridicule.


62.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... work if I could only believe as ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
I'm sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes.


63.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work in a department store, coming home ...   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
My wife began to work in a department store, coming home exhausted to find me drunk.


64.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work in a human heart which had ...   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Here was something at work in a human heart which had done the impossible.


65.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... work in every department of our lives.   BB To Wives, p.116  
Now we try to put spiritual principles to work in every department of our lives.


66.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... work in here?   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
So why don't you move your work in here?


67.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work in the very best sense of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
This is Twelfth Step work in the very best sense of the word.


68.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... work in unity.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in the weaving of a protective mantle which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.


69.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... work is an avocation.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We would like it understood that our alcoholic work is an avocation.


70.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... work is my business.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Committees have instructed many an A.A. to stop working on a chronic backslider, only to be told: "How I do my Twelfth Step work is my business.


71.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work is necessary to maintain his sobriety.   BB To Employers, p.146  
This work is necessary to maintain his sobriety.


72.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... work is never to be paid for.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
But our usual A.A. "12 Step" work is never to be paid for.


73.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... work is never to be paid for.   12&12 Tradition Eight (Long), p.191  
But our usual A.A. Twelfth Step work is never to be paid for.


74.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work; it was to make Twelfth Step ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
The job was not to do Twelfth Step work; it was to make Twelfth Step work possible.


75.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work like the devil and thank you ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
He will work like the devil and thank you to his dying day.


76.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work 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.


77.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... work must be done.   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done.


78.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... work, nor do we think its effectiveness ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
None of us makes a sole vocation of this work, nor do we think its effectiveness would be increased if we did.


79.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... work of a simple matter.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I had no trouble refusing drinks, and began to wonder if I had not been making too hard work of a simple matter.


80.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... work of another alcoholic has accomplished in ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
We do not like the thought that the contents of a book or the work of another alcoholic has accomplished in a few weeks that for which we struggled for years.


81.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work of present-day staff members has no ...   12&12 Tradition Eight (Note), p.169  
(*) The work of present-day staff members has no counterpart among the job categories of commercial organizations.


82.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... work on.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
But first I'd have to find a drunk to work on.


83.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work on a service plane, the alcoholic ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
The minute we put our work on a service plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance rather than upon God.


84.
View STEP SIX essay   ... work on alcohol.   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
My own willpower just wouldn't work on alcohol.


85.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work on them, he might have deprived ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
He often says that if he had continued to work on them, he might have deprived many others, who have since recovered, of their chance.


86.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... work on Tuesday morning.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
This is his story: "I came to work on Tuesday morning.


87.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... work, one alcoholic with another, was vital ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
It also indicated that strenuous work, one alcoholic with another, was vital to permanent recovery.


88.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... work only with the group.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Every doctor concerned would at times wish he could devote himself to his chosen field rather than work only with the group.


89.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... work out.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Let's see how these two contrasting ideas -- attraction and promotion -- work out.


90.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... work out our solution on the spiritual ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
Though we work out our solution on the spiritual as well as an altruistic plane, we favor hospitalization for the alcoholic who is very jittery or befogged.


91.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... work-outs should be regarded as part of ...   BB To Wives, p.117  
These work-outs should be regarded as part of your education, for thus you will be learning to live.


92.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work possible.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
The job was not to do Twelfth Step work; it was to make Twelfth Step work possible.


93.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.


94.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... work, shocked us.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
The bare hint of publicity, even for our work, shocked us.


95.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work sixteen hours a day.   BB To Employers, p.146  
You may have to curb his desire to work sixteen hours a day.


96.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work so well.   BB Working With Others, p.93  
But he will be curious to learn why his own convictions have not worked and why yours seem to work so well.


97.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... work solid so far?   BB Into Action, p.75  
Is our work solid so far?


98.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... work spreads and our numbers increase, we ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
As our work spreads and our numbers increase, we hope your employees may be put in personal contact with some of us.


99.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... Work staff, says, "Alcoholics Anonymous is natural; ...   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
Edward Dowling, S.J.,(*) of the Queen's Work staff, says, "Alcoholics Anonymous is natural; it is natural at the point where nature comes closest to the supernatural, namely in humiliations and in consequent humility.


100.
View STEP TEN essay   ... work the first nine Steps, we prepare ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life.


101.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... work to be restored financially, but he ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Father knows he is to blame; it may take him many seasons of hard work to be restored financially, but he shouldn't be reproached.


102.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... work together?   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
The test that it faced was this: Could these large numbers of erstwhile erratic alcoholics successfully meet and work together?


103.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... work together and hang together, else most ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone.


104.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... work together as groups became the prime ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
So at the outset, how best to live and work together as groups became the prime question.


105.
View FOREWORD   ... work together with harmony and good effect.   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
But it was by no means sure that such great numbers of yet erratic people could live and work together with harmony and good effect.


106.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work took me about Wall Street and ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
My work took me about Wall Street and little by little I became interested in the market.


107.
View STEP SIX essay   ... work toward ourselves.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves.


108.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work twenty-four hours a day in and ...   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish.


109.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work we sometimes carry the message to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
By a great deal of ardent Twelfth Step work we sometimes carry the message to so many alcoholics that they place us in a position of trust.


110.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... work, we stay lazy.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
And with genuine alarm at the prospect of work, we stay lazy.


111.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... work we were great successes or dismal ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to drink because at work we were great successes or dismal failures.


112.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... work well.   BB How It Works, p.63  
Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.


113.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... work where nothing else would.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would.


114.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work with another alcoholic instead!   BB Working With Others, p.102  
But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead!


115.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work with another alcoholic would save the ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day.


116.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... work with other alcoholics.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiv  
We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly from those who have commenced work with other alcoholics.


117.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work with other alcoholics.   BB Working With Others, p.89  
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.


118.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... work with other alcoholics, he remains sober ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Learning to depend upon a higher power and absorb himself in his work with other alcoholics, he remains sober day by day.


119.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... work with other people to maintain his ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
The fact is that he should work with other people to maintain his own sobriety.


120.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work with others.   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
They in turn might work with others.


121.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... work with others as he had worked ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me.


122.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... work with the alcoholic who suffers could ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Almost from the beginning, we have been positive that face-to-face work with the alcoholic who suffers could be based only on the desire to help and be helped.


123.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... work with you.   BB Working With Others, p.96  
We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you.


124.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... work would depend the answer for sufferers ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Alcoholics Anonymous can be likened to a group of physicians who might find a cure for cancer, and upon whose concerted work would depend the answer for sufferers of this disease.


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