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Back to Basics--May 2002 A.A. Grapevine


The Miracle of Back to Basics is Featured in the May 2002 A.A. Grapevine.

Bruce D., of Forest Park, IL, wrote an article for the May 2002 A.A. Grapevine titled “From Self to Service.”  In this piece, he describes how he unsuccessfully tried to stay sober “on the fellowship” from 1985 to 2000.  Then, he was introduced to Back to Basics—The Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners’ Meetings.  He took all Twelve Steps in a month, had the promised spiritual awakening, and recovered from alcoholism.  As he learned in Back to Basics, he had to be of service to others in order to stay sober himself.

 In addition to taking a meeting to the veterans hospital and doing set-up and clean-up at the Suburban Fellowship Center, he is now the co-chair of one of the two Back to Basics meetings at the club. 

In the A.A. Grapevine article, Bruce states, “In co-chairing a Back to Basics AA meeting, I continue to work the Twelve Steps and feel as if I have taken them all with other AA’s there.” 

“Two years ago I had nothing, least of all self-respect.  But God in his infinite mercy gave me a new life when I had done everything not to deserve it.  For that I pay him back.” 

Bruce, like the many thousands who have had their lives changed by the Back to Basics Beginners’ Meetings has chosen to be of service to others by leading the sessions.  As the Back to Basics book states on page 123, “Please remember that, in order to remain spiritually fit, we must be of service to other alcoholics.  We can think of no greater service than helping others through the Twelve Steps so they, too, can find the spiritual solution to alcoholism.”

Bruce is a member of the host committee that is bringing Wally P. to the Suburban Fellowship Center on July 19-21, 2002 to conduct a Back to Basics weekend seminar.  Newcomers will take all Twelve Steps on Saturday, July 20th using the A.A. meeting format that Dr. Bob and the A.A. pioneers utilized in the 1940’s to produce a 50-75% recovery rate from alcoholism.  “It works—it really does.”


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