The Promises of AA

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March 10, 2022

By Andy F

Categories: AA literature

What are the 12 promises of AA? The number ‘twelve’ keeps coming up again and again in Alcoholics Anonymous. I have often wondered if twelve has any significance in numerology. Actually, it does. The number twelve carries religious, mythological, and magical symbolism, generally representing perfection, entirety, or cosmic order in traditions since antiquity. Wikipedia It is […]

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AA bedevilments

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February 9, 2022

By Andy F

Categories: AA literature

The eight bedevilments; what are they!? Believe it or not, I had been in AA for 25 years before I even heard about the eight bedevilments. I had no idea what they were or what they had to do with alcoholism. Were they just some kind of AA slang? I was told they appear in […]

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Emotional sobriety

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July 5, 2021

By Andy F

Categories: AA literature

Physical sobriety I had been in AA for about 15 years when I first heard the expression ‘emotional sobriety.’ It immediately caught my attention. Could this expression suggest that emotional sobriety was not the same thing as physical sobriety? I had struggled with physical abstinence from alcohol for a long time after coming to AA. […]

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