A GUIDE to the TWELVE STEPS of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Published in Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.)
The book ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, The Story of How Many Thousands Have Recovered from Alcoholism, FOURTH EDITION
Twenty-Four Hours a Day, A book of daily meditations. Hazelden Foundation (often referred to as "the black book")
DAILY REFLECTIONS, A book of reflections by A.A. members for A.A. members.
It's often said around the program that if you want to know what's down the road, ask somebody who has come back. One of the great benefits of the Fellowship is you have a group of people who have "come back." People who have been successful in recovery acknowledge that their willingness to surrender and seek help from others and a higher power has been all important to their personal recovery. We believe strongly in the "principle of subsidiarity." We believe success in recovery comes down to one's individual surrender and motivation to improve their lives. We have seen where the cost of a recovery program often seems to be inversely related to one's success in recovery.
While meetings are of utmost importance, people need to learn the importance of getting to meetings early, staying late, getting other people's telephone numbers, calling and receiving phone calls, getting and giving rides to meetings, to learn to experience the benefits of Fellowship.
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