Our initial Basic Recovery Zoom Seminars
have been such a success that they are now an integral part of our
We’ve been conducting seminars and workshops since 1995. Click here for a partial list of them.
The Listening to God Pamphlet: Wally P. and the AA Pioneers
to view on YouTube
Streamed live on Jun 5, 2022 Wally Patton
joins us tonight!!! Author of the well known book Back to the Basics,
taking you through the 12 Steps as they were originally in the 1940's.
Four 1 Hour Sessions, all steps when the label of "Sponsor" didn't
Johanna D. & Amy D.
of Recovery Capital
with Wally P. and Brit S.
Listen to this episode from Recovery Capital on Spotify.
Wally Paton is the originator of the Back-to-Basics Beginners’ Meetings,
which have grown to more than 2,200 groups and produced more than
500,000 recoveries since its reintroduction into the 12-Step community
in 1997. Wally started his 12-Step spiritual journey on October 30,
Download GSO approved guidelines for conducting
Back to Basics meetings: Part 1
and Part 2
You can help support Wally's writing efforts and the publication of some of the hundreds of thousands of pages of
archival materials Wally has amassed over the decades by
making a donation to FWWPCO.
Clicking on any of the
above links will open a new window and your computer's mp3 software
will play the voice links (the first two) or your computer's
mp4 software will play the video link. Once the clip completes,
simply close the window and you will return to this page.
Back to the Basics of Sponsorship
with Carver B
Zoom Meeting ID: 899 9022 9331
Twelve Steps for the 21st
Twelve Steps converted to conventional, everyday, gender neutral
language, and edited for calrity and continuity.
We admitted we (had a
problem)--that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power
greater than ourselves could (solve our problem).
Made a decision to turn our
will and our lives over to the care of (this Power).
Made a searching and fearless
. . . inventory of (our liabilities).
Admitted to . . . another
(person) the exact nature of our (liabilities).
Were entirely ready to have
(the Power) remove all (of our liabilities).
Humbly asked (the Power) to
remove our (liabilities and strengthen our assets).
Made a list of all persons we
had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made . . . amends to such
people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them
Continued to take personal
inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and
meditation to improve our conscious contact with (the Power
greater than ourselves).
Having had a spiritual
awakening as the result of these (Steps), we tried to carry this
message to (others) and to practice these (Steps in our daily)
Copyright: Faith With
Works Publishing Company, Wally P., 2015 (Rev. 08/20)
"Step takers, not meeting makers,
make it. Meeting makers make meetings. Step Takers make a difference."
- Wally P
Since the release of the Back to
Basics book in 1997, more than 700,000 have been through this "original"
Beginners' Meetings format from the 1940's that produced a 50-75%
recovery rate during the early days of the recovery movement. We are
seeing similar results today in the more than 7,000 meetings held each
week. Click here
for a meeting in your area.
During 2022 Wally P. may be conducting seminars and workshops throughout the United States
and around the world via ZOOM.
Wally has rewritten his Back to Basics book for use
within ALL 12-Step communities. Basic Recovery is a 2020
version of the 1946 Back to Basics Beginners Meetings that
produced a 50-75% recovery rate during the early days of the
12-Step movement. The modified material encompasses all
addictive, compulsive and problematic behaviors.
Back to Basics of Recovery
Ashley Everything for Recovery
Wally P. (archivist, historian, and author)
Brit S. (audio archivist, historian, and presenter)
“. . . The alcoholics who participated
in the writing of the “Big Book” didn't wait (to take the
steps). They took the Steps in the first few days following
their last drink. Thank God, there are those in our Fellowship,
like Joe and Charlie, Wally, etc., who have recognized the
problem and have started doing something about it. They are
placing the focus back on the “Big Book.”
Wally P. has no royalty arrangement with Back to Basics and receives NO income from any literature he
has published nor from CDs / DVDs he has produced.He insists that
is his Twelfth Step work for which he cannot be paid.
We thank you for your interest in our life-saving
Back to Basics, Back to the Basics of Recovery, and Back to the Basics
of Sponsorship seminars.
If you would like Wally or one of his protege's to conduct a Seminar in your area, please click on
How to Host a Back to Basics Workshop and then contact
Brit S. at:
520-333-9798 or email at
Back to Basics Meetings now listed in 40 (41 actually)
out of 50 States, 5 other countries with 5 out of 10
provinces in Canada!
To add your Beginners'
to the website just email us the
information, including where (name and address of
location), when (day of the week and time), and contact
(phone number and/or email address). Attach a
flyer if you like.
B2B Meetings Back to Basics has exploded with
hundreds of new meetings and groups during the past few
many of which are
not listed on this site.
Please send us your meeting information
and we will post it as soon as possible.
Click below on a state or location near you to
find the nearest meeting to you... (the list is
growing almost daily now)
note: Any proceeds from the sale of these books, meeting leader guides,
etc., after out of pocket expenses are met, will be used to
distribute books at no cost to individuals and groups who cannot afford to buy them."
Mission Statement - Who
The Back to Basics Foundation is
dedicated to saving the lives of alcoholics, addicts and obsessive
compulsives by showing them the sheer
simplicity of the "original" program of recovery and by guiding them through the Twelve Steps
as they were taken by many of the pioneers in the 1940's. During this period of
time, the recovery rate from addiction was 50-75%. We are seeing similar
results today for those who are willing to remain
involved with the Back to Basics Beginners' meetings for three to six months.
We accomplish our objective by coordinating the recovery efforts of the numerous Back to
Basics Beginners' meetings and groups, answering questions as they arise
and following up on Twelfth Step calls. We also conduct one day and weekend seminars based on
the Back to Basics, Back to the Basics of Recovery, and How To Listen To
God programs and distribute recovery literature and other materials on
the Beginners' meetings.
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