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Butch M (Barie, ON)
7/1/2017 in Nashville, TN  EVENT: 36th Music City Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 8 min )

"I have always been much more impressed by what I see you do rather than what I hear you say. I have always had the ability to sound better than I really am...including tonight."

"They made the effort to leave their homes that night. They both came to my mother's house and talked to me about their drinking. They did not talk to me about 'my' drinking."

A.A.'s History of Love and Service (DC,QB,NY)
7/1/2005 in Toronto, ON  EVENT: AA International 2005  TYPE: AA, Both, Story  ( 52 min )

"You know that we are a strange conglomerate of people. People who don't know nothin' about Alcoholics Anonymous look at us and think that somebody runs this Program. We run it."

"My sobriety is just having a grateful heart."

Adam T (Los Angeles, CA)
8/19/2017 in Cartersville, GA  EVENT: 40th Allatoona Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 12 min )

"I didn't come to AA because I had a bad weekend. I had a couple of bad decades. And for me, eventually, this becomes a matter of life and death."

"If God didn't give me more than I can handle, I wouldn't need God's help."

"If your new, 'help' is the dirtiest little four letter word in AA."

"Driven by 100 forms of fear boils down to five basic ideas: Abandonment, Rejection, Betrayal, Disrespect and Authority."

Al M (Rutledge, FL)
March 1999 in Jekyll Island, GA  EVENT: 12th Unity Weekend  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 54 min )

"I never took a step I didn't enjoy including the ninth one after I took the step."

Alexander K (Marietta, GA)
3/24/2017 in Rock Eagle, GA  EVENT: 71st Atlanta Men's Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 59 min )

"Nothing says love like a restraining order."

Anonymity at the Public Level (MN,CA,GA)
7/2/2005 in Toronto, ON  EVENT: AA International 2005  TYPE: AA, Both, Story  ( 59 min )

"Milledgeville, GA - The largest city of its size in the world."

At the Turning Point (PA,TX,New Zealand)
7/2/2005 in Toronto, ON  EVENT: AA International 2005  TYPE: AA, Both, Story  ( 49 min )

"My life was a series of unfortunate events."

Barney M (La Jolla, CA)
10/6/1995 in Daytona Beach, FL  EVENT: First Annual Fall Sponsorship Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 7 min )

"I don't have a drinking problem. When I drink I feel better."

Bob D - Principals (Las Vegas, NV)
2/18/2017 in Hebron, KY  EVENT: 66th Kentucky State AA Conference  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 55 min )

"We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people ..."

"But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being. Our egomania digs two disastrous pitfalls. Either we insist upon dominating the people we know, or we depend upon them far too much."

Bob W (Louisville, KY)
7/15/1984 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 9th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 9 min )

"I've yet to find anything wrong with sobriety."

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Bonnie (AA) and Paul (AFG) L (Paduka, KY)
10/16/1965 in Macon, GA  EVENT: 12th Georgia State Convention  TYPE: AA and Al-Anon, Both, Story  ( 1 hr 16 min )

"It is a bit much to ask a woman who has spent 30 years trying to hide her problem to get up here and tell all."

Butch M (Barie, ON)
5/13/2016 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 41st Atlanta Roundup Fellowship Event  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 2 min )

"I have a deep, deep love for the old timers."

"I believe that the home group is the heartbeat of AA."

Cajun Joe R (Golden Meadow, LA)
11/25/2000 in Diamond, MS  EVENT: 11th Gratitude Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 9 min )

"Hope is a four letter word that I acquired in Alcoholics Anonymous and it means, H.O.P.E. - Hearing Other People's Experiences."

"If you do what you ought to do, you will survive. If you do what you want to do you won't survive."

"We can't be hateful and grateful at the same time."

Carla R (Tujunga, CA)
8/7/2016 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 41st Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 19 min )

"The beauty of Alcoholocs Anonymous was that I dodn't need to be any more than I was or know any more than I knew - God met me right where I was."

"But my sponsor told me the Fair comes around once a year and it lasts for two weeks."

Cec C (Prince Albert, SK)
7/15-18/2004 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 29th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 8 min )

"It is really a physical impossibility to do with that ship what I told that officer to do with it."

Charlie B (New Orleans, LA)
7/23/1998 in Cartersville, GA  EVENT: 21st Allatoona Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 11 min )

"We all come here from different roads but we follow that road of happy destiny together."

Charlie B, Tom H Jerry H (Norcross, Helen and Atlanta, GA)
10/13/1990 in Rock Eagle, GA  EVENT: 18th Atlanta Mens Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop, Steps  ( 1 hr 31 min )

"I am not here to become a spiritual giant or a sweet heart...I am here to stay sober."

Cheryl H (Columbus, OH)
5/2/1997 in Toledo, OH  EVENT: Ohio Pacific Group  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 23 min )

"God I don't want to be this way anymore...I believe I took the first three steps that night."

Chuck C (Laguna Beach, CA)
9/4/1979 in Vista, CA  EVENT: No. County Intergroup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story, Author  ( 1 hr 4 min )

"Today I have the ability to live peacefully, comfortably and joyously with myself and when I do that I have absolutely no difficulty living with you."

"I didn't spend five seconds on my related disorders."

"Now, thank God, the words 'as we understand Him', has no reference to understanding the infinite, thank God. It has reference only to the necessity for individual experience."

"Love in truth is possession but not the necessity to possess."

Chuck H (Cary, NC)
7/21/2012 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 37th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 59 min )

"So, I needed a sponsor, you know. Somebody I could call up and would say 'Oh, for God's sake Chuck, eat the cookies, drink the milk, take the nap and call me later.'"

"My life is mostly hearsay."

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Chuck L (Columbus, GA)
2/13/1971 in Pine Mountain, GA  EVENT: 1st Pine Mountain Fellowship  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 48 min )

"True ambition is the profound desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God."

Clancy I (Venice, CA)
7/29/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 25th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 6 min )

"How come some alcoholics can stop drinking without AA and some have to go to AA?"

Dave C (Raliegh, NC)
5/2/1999 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 9th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 55 min )

"The basic benefit that this alcoholic received is my sanity...my sanity. And as a sane alcoholic I find I don't have to run anymore; I don't have to steal anymore and, you know, I don't have to sober up anymore."

"I got to the point where I would take one drink and I could not guarantee my behavior."

Denise K (Woodstock, GA)
9/30/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: HOW Saturday Night  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 48 min )

"...it was like a ray of sunshine and by that I mean she was yellow as a daffodil...with a willingness as a newcomer that you rarely see"

Dennis N (Easley, NC)
4/30/1999 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 9th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 55 min )

"But I have learned since then that if you're sober and your black and your 6'4" and you weigh 259 pounds you can have an opinion if you want to. You might not get invited back but you can have an opinion."

"If this thing is not working around your dinner table then it's not working around here either."

Dock C - Do I Really, Really Believe? (Roswell, GA)
4/15/1984 in Rock Eagle, GA  EVENT: 6th Atlanta Men's Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 31 min )

"I was determined that I was gonna show you fellows that here was one guy who could make it without God."

Don C (Cleveland, OH)
5/1/1999 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 9th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 18 min )

"I really believe that my reason for staying sober is good sponsorship, the book of Alcoholics Anonymous and Sister Ignatia who I love very dearly and not to long ago I gave the eulogy at her Mass because I spent five years with her...She gave you dignity before you knew you had any dignity."

"Don gave generously of himself leaving a legacy of friendship and love to all friends of Dr. Bob."

Don L (Bellingham, WA)
8/4/2017 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 42nd Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 13 min )

"You're going to die if you don't do something about your drinking."

Donna H (Huntley, MT)
10/22/2011 in Gainesville, GA  EVENT: 58th Georgia State Convention  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 51 min )

"I'm the kind of mom that neglected and abused and loved and cherished my kids all at the same time."

"I came into Alcoholics Anonymous and I would stay here until the pain of being sober was worse than the fear of getting drunk...and I did that for seven years...but I didn't get a sponsor and I didn't work the steps."

Donna H - Steps 4 and 5 (Huntley, MT)
5/31/2014 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: Girlstock International  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 41 min )

"Right now what we are looking for is the Big Chunks because this is not the last one you'll ever do."

"An unexamined life is not worth living."

"An unlived life is not worth examining."

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Dottie S. (North Hollywood, CA)
1986 in Wichita, KS  EVENT: Fall Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 3 min )

"Our leaders are but twisted servants. They do not govern."

Dr Paul F (Indianapolis, IN)
10/18-21/1979 in Macon, GA  EVENT: 26th Georgia State Convention  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 5 min )

"Just desiring to stay sober won't get the job done."

Elliot K (Acworth, GA)
7/1/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: HOW Saturday Night Speaker  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 45 min )

"My go to reaction from high school through college up until coming into Alcoholics Anonymous was to flip it ...to go off the edge, to kamikaze into life....I basically wanted other people to take care of me...Super scared."

"I didn't want to get drunk all the time. I just wanted to get right."

"I was a designer one month; a car salesman the next."

Emerson G (Salem, VA)
7/16/1989 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 14th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 4 min )

"It was stupid of me to stay drunk all those years because I was a bastard and because I was black."

Georgia B (Los Angeles, CA)
7/2/2017 in Nashville, Tn  EVENT: 36th Music City Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 9 min )

"I drank with a funnel and a hose."

"I am free in every area of my life today as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous."

Ginger K (Canton, GA)
7/20/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: The Way Group Monthly Speaker  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 49 min )

"My story is not so much about a drunk-a-log. It's more of a think-a-log because my drinking career was very short and not sweet but what I talk about when I tell my story is what I felt versus what I did."

Gratitude in Your Attitude (AZ,OH,South Africa)
7/3/2015 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: AA International 2015  TYPE: AA, Both, Story  ( 1 hr 1 min )

"The worst mistake you can make is to pay attention to the wrong people."

Gratitude-A Full and Thankful Heart (BC, NJ, TX, UT)
7/3/2010 in San Antonio, TX  EVENT: AA International 2010  TYPE: AA, Both,   ( 1 hr 8 min )

"I was taught early on in AA that gratitude is not a feeling; it's not and emotion; it's an action."

Jack M (Acworth, GA)
8/19/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: HOW Place Saturday Night  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 31 min )

"I have a big inferiority complex. I started drinking in college to fit in. I drank too much for too long - I hurt myself mentally and I hurt myself physically. I knew I had a problem but I didn't know how to quit. It took Ridgeview [a local treatment facility] to show me how to quit and it took AA to show me there is life after alcohol."

Jennifer A (Roswell, GA)
8/1/2013 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 38th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 5 min )

"On that date I checked myself into Decatur Hospital with a large bag of very inappropriate clothes...It hurt to look at myself in the mirror."

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Jerry B (Acworth, GA)
6/24/2017 in Douglasville, GA  EVENT: 26th West Georgia Gratitude Weekend  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 7 min )

"This disease progresses. It's gonna' get worse, worse and worser if you stay with it."

"Alcohol was telling me when to drink....Alcohol will take away everything good in your life."

"If there's a God up there, please let something happen."

"That was the most important prayer I ever said in my life."

"If you don't do something about this you're going to die."

Jerry J (Dallas, TX)
5/5/2001 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 11th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 11 min )

"You know what an obsession is? It's a great, big thought. So big it pushes all the other thoughts out of your head and it says, for me, 'A drink would improve this situation. I don't care what the situation is, a drink would improve it'."

Jessica D (Baltimore, MD)
9/21/2006 in Myrtle Beach, SC  EVENT: 35th Fellowship by the Sea  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 1 min )

"To be standing here today amongst you, with love in my heart and a conviction that God, God is here, God is working and has entered my life and I am not that girl anymore. That says something about Alcoholics Anonymous."

Jim H (Oneonta, AL)
7/16-19/1987 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 12th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 3 min )

"If you cry a lot you won't have to pee so much."

Jimmy E (Smyrna, GA)
1988 in Lithia Springs, GA  EVENT: West Atlanta Group  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 44 min )

"You can't keep it unless you pass it on."

"The only true Joy comes from the inside."

"The greatest thing we can have in this life is the 'me' that's inside us and this Program teaches us how to release that."

Jimmy E (Smyrna, GA)
2/7/1998 in Franklin, NC  EVENT: Common Sense Group Speaker Meeting  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 59 min )

"Living with an absence of inner turmoil."

"You cannot act angry unless you first think angry."

"The most hurting and frustrating times of my life were those times when my own thoughts were my own worst enemies. I now begin each new day in joyous celebration because when I changed my thinking, I changed my entire life."

Jimmy E (Smyrna, GA)
1/25/2001 in Cedartown, GA  EVENT: RTU Cedartown GA  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 49 min )

"The most hurting and frustrating times of my life were those times when my own thoughrs were my own worst enemies. I now begin each new day in joyous celebration because when I changed my thinking, I changed my entire life."

Jimmy E (Smyrna, GA)
6/30/2001 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: HOW Place Saturday Night  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 54 min )

"Sobriety to me is not drinking a day at a time in absence of inner turmoil."

"My name is Jimmy and I am Powerless over Alcohol and I am extremely Grateful to be here."

Joanne C (Acworth, GA)
5/6/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: Breakfast Club Monthly Speaker  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 38 min )

"And then I start drinking and I become this other person that I am so ashamed of."

Joe A (Cincinnati, OH)
2/17/2017 in Hebron, KY  EVENT: 66th Kentucky State AA Conterence  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 46 min )

"The common denominator is they relied on a Power greater than themselves and continue to carry the message of what my drinking was like, what happened to me and what my life is like now."

"We're getting wiped out, man. There is a big wave of heroin epidemic in this country. It's huge and if I were to come into AA today there is a good chance I'd probably be an alcoholic and a heroin addict...Being ignorant and naive I would have done it."

"A functioning alcoholic is like a paraplegic lap dancer. You might think you're bumping and grinding but only in your mind."

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Joe B (Jefferson, GA)
3/20/2011 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 21st Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 59 min )

"I actually felt like I did before I came to Alcoholics Anonymous. I was suicidal, I wanted to die and yet I wasn't drinking."

"Looks like you are ready to take certain steps."

Joe B (Cincinnati, OH)
2/17/2017 in Hebron, KY  EVENT: 66th Kentucky State AA Conference  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 42 min )

"I knew at a young age there was something different about me."

Joe McQ (Little Rock, AR)
November 1987 in Little Rock, AR  EVENT: Unknown  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 52 min )

"I never could drink."

"On March 10, 1962 I just gave up on me."

Joette N (Winder, GA)
8/3/2017 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 43nd Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 59 min )

"From the very beginning, my younger sister and I came from a lot of neglect. I was six and she was four when our mom left us alone to go to work at night. I don't remember a time when she woke up before two or three in the afternoon."

John F (Atlanta, GA)
9/16/1972 in Macon, GA  EVENT: Georgia State Service Assembly Sat Night Speaker  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 50 min )

"It is not what I have done but what you have done for me."

Joy of Living-Step 12 (CO,MN,GA)
2/12/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop  ( 42 min )

"After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security -- emotional security and financial security -- commence to change profoundly. Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people."

"The end result is supposed to be an individual capable of some degree of self-responsibility. What we are supposed to be growing here is a grown up."

"It was really tough being the person that I was....I really did not know joy in my life."

Judge Louie F (Pubuque, IA)
3/17/1971 in Peoria, IL  EVENT: Unknown  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 58 min )

"It's pretty hard to sit up there in the morning and give somebody 30 days for being drunk when you can't remember if you were with them the day before or not."

"I was a periodic drinker. The only time I got drunk is when I started to drink."

"The trouble with trouble is it starts out looking like fun."

Juli M (Acworth, GA)
2/18/2017 in Hebron, KY  EVENT: 66th Kentucky State AA Conference  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 52 min )

"I was born a nasty two year old and remained that way until well into my thirties."

"... because if I could push you away from me soon enough then you wouldn't have the opportunity to hurt me. And that's what I was afraid of."

Juli M (Acworth, GA)
6/23/2017 in Douglasville, GA  EVENT: 26th West Georgia Gratitude Weekend  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 46 min )

"And when it got really, really bad I decided that I had a problem and there was no help for me.And so I walked away; I walked away from everything. I called my youngest son's father and ask him to please take him, called my mother and asked her to please take my oldest son, they did and I walked away from everything. And I went and lived on the streets of Atlanta and I spent all day, every day, feeding my disease."

Julian B (Luray, VA)
7/13-16/1989 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 14th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 53 min )

"I am proof you can live for a long time and not amount to a thing."

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Kass P (Robeson, PA)
9/23/1989 in Winchester, VA  EVENT: 35th 4-State and DC Fall Get Together  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 47 min )

"Nobody knew what I would do when I got there which made sense because I never knew..."

"Lookin' for love in all the wrong places...most of them drunk like I was."

Keith D (Yorba Linda, CA)
5/3/2003 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 13th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 7 min )

"I sobered up when I was 36 years old and the miracle is that I have gradually turned into an adult."

Larry A (Louisville, KY)
7/22/1998 in Cartersville, GA  EVENT: 21st Allatoona Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 5 min )

"I was 23 years old and I had lost the ability to care about another human being and away I went to the penitentiary. Man, I got there and guess what? I got there and all my friends was there. Everybody from my old neighborhood was there. ..And I remember they said, 'Hey Larry, what took you so long?'"

Lee Y (Lake Mary, FL)
5/4/2001 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 11th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 15 min )

"I didn't pick that day. I would have picked a better day than that one. I would have picked Christmas or the Fourth of July or something like that but, you know, we don't get to do that here. You don't get to pick your sobriety date, you know. I picked a bunch of them. They just didn't take."

"Human life devalued to the price of a carton of cigarettes."

Letting Go of Our Old Selves - Steps 6-7 (OH,London,GA)
2/12/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop, Steps  ( 29 min )

"Dear Lord, some of us need to sing a new song. Will You teach us the words? Help us to sing in harmony with the Holy Spirit so our song will delight Your heart."

Line G (Carlsbad, CA)
Sept 2009 in Tampa, FL  EVENT: Tampa Bay Fall Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 1 min )

"...which is a pattern that remained with me throughout my drinking career and I felt ashamed and guilty and, oh my gosh, what did I do? And I couldn't wait to drink again."

"If only _____, then I would be happy"

"... and I supervised her with a drink in my hand. My outside circumstances are irrelevant. I drink because I'm an alcoholic and what makes me an alcoholic is - once I begin to drink, I cannot stop."

"And the miracle of Alcoholics Anonymous started for me that day."

"oozed into it over the course of 10 or 15 years."

Lisa C (Marietta, GA)
9/27/2017 in Canton, GA  EVENT: Stepping Stones Meeting  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 53 min )

"Everything that I wanted out of that marriage I got the exact opposite."

Live and Let Live (Georgia)
2/11/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop  ( 48 min )

"Whatever the people in the group I was with espoused as their belief, I took as mine and it never occurred to me until I got to AA that I had a right to look inside, or responsibility to look inside, and decide what felt right to me."

"I knew nothing about living until I came into AA. The principles of the Steps go totally against my nature."

Marcia W (Duluth, GA)
5/5/1997 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 7th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 54 min )

"I violated every single principle that had been given to me."

"I hadn't had a new problem in a long time. If you stop and think about it there are no new problems, just variations of old themes."

Mari G (Toronto, ON)
2/19/2017 in Hebron, KY  EVENT: 66th Kentucky State Conference  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 2 min )

"I was a feral drunk. You know, once upon a time I came from civilized people but now I am living in the wild."

"I was born with a criminal mindset...I was never taught to steal. It just came naturally."

"And my granny was behind the curtain with a rolling pin and a rosary, you know, the two staples of the Irish household."

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Mari G (Toronto, ON)
8/6/2017 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 42nd Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 56 min )

"'A Design for Living' ...is that a conference for Interior Designers?"

Maria B (Acworth, GA)
7/8/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: HOW Place Saturday Night  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 35 min )

"I realized that God never left me. He saved me many times....Life is the Gift and I've got the best gift of all and that gift is love."

Marie S (Los Angeles, CA)
7/20/1990 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 15th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 24 min )

"You're looking at somebody that needed an answer from the time she was a small child. Ever since I can remember I have been absolutely strangled by the manifestations of self...I threw myself away...I got mixed up being strong with being mean."

"I believe my God wants no holes in my soul...that God will quench the secret desires of my heart even the ones unbeknownst to me."

Mark H (Austin, TX)
8/12/2000 in Nashville, TN  EVENT: 47th Tenn State Convention  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 48 min )

"There was a time in Alcoholics Anonymous when I confused activity with action,"

Mel B (Toledo, OH)
July 2015 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: Sober City 2015 at The Tabernacle  TYPE: AA, Male, Story, Historical  ( 1 hr 5 min )

"Pass It On"

Michael P (Fair Haven, CT)
5/26/2007 in Bloomington, MN  EVENT: 34th Gopher State Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 44 min )

"My current service role at my home group is bleeding deacon."

"That did not solve the money problem."

"It started to stop working long before I started to stop drinking."

Mike B (Penrose, NC)
2/10/2017 in Conyers, GA  EVENT: 42nd Atlanta Roundup Fellowship Event  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr )

"I am grateful that I came into a group of Alcoholics Anonymous that they studied the book, they believed everything that book said and they taught me this program of recovery. Thank God for people who stay in AA."

"Tenth grade were the funnest three years of my life."

Mike W (Emmitsburg, MD)
4/28/2000 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 10th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 3 min )

"I was not a good husband. I was not a good father because I was not there when I was there."

Moses Y (Alliance, OH)
4/25/1970 in Blackstone, VA  EVENT: 41st Blackstone Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 56 min )

"Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and shut me up when I've said enough."

"I'm not going to take the past for a hitching post but for a guiding post."

"The Program is free but the admissions fee was so costly - took alot of money to get here but not only money."

"The Program teaches us how to stop from starting again."

"It is not a disgrace to have this disease of alcoholism but it is a disgrace to have it and not do anything about it."

"A hangover is something to occupy the head that wasn't used the night before."

Nancy K (Elkridge, MD)
Oct 1999 in Maryland  EVENT: 15th Area 29 Falll Convemtion  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 58 min )

"This tape tells perfectly what I had been given by AA and God by the time I was 11 years sober ....and what almost all got away by the time I was 18 1/2 years sober - Learn by my example!"

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Nancy N (Los Angeles, CA)
7/8-11/1999 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 24th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 6 min )

"I was dumped into the world, an Irish-Catholic and a victim, of course, and another alcoholic was launched out into the universe."

Noel B - Spirituality IS Reality (Roswell, GA)
10/15/1989 in Rock Eagle, GA  EVENT: 16th Atlanta Men's Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 1 hr 1 min )

"We forget the Power of being human."

"Take a stroll in the sun."

"Maybe God puts people who are crippled in our way?"

"I really have it set because of this Program that nobody is taking my day away."

"You know that AA asks everyone not to be missionaries. It's a very big thing..."

Pat G (Santa Clara, CA)
2/6/1993 in Sunnyvale, CA  EVENT: Regular Saturday Meeting  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 40 min )

"I came here ready to be miserable for the rest of my life, one day at a time, if I could just not drink."

"One of the things I hope my time in AA and my time working in this Program has done is to make me be the same person with everybody."

Patsy R (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
7/16-19/1987 in Atlanta Roundup  EVENT: 12th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 7 min )

"But I had to step aside and cast aside everything that was good and clean and decent in my life because it interfered with my drinking.

I blasted through the lives of everyone I touched and you don't know what it means to me today to sit over there in that coffee room and touch your life gently and with love."

Patti O (Laguna Niguel, CA)
2/12/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 7 min )

"If I would've known when I was out there that I was gonna have to report what it used to be like, I can guarantee you I would've taken notes."

Pedro P (Marietta, GA)
1/23/2005 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: North Marietta AA Group Anniversary  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 46 min )

"Don't work the Steps - Take the Steps."

"Let the Steps do the work."

Peter F (San Diego, CA)
July 2002 in Sacramento, CA  EVENT: Spring Fling  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 16 min )

"I have an opinion on everything and I am going to share it with you tonight and if that p*s you off well so be it."

Quit Playing God (Step 3) (OH, IN)
2/11/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop  ( 50 min )

"For the first six years of my Program, I played God. You see, I held this big resentment that I couldn't drink anymore...I said fine. I'll go to one meeting a week and I won't drink and I'll stay home and I'll be a good wife and mother and I hated it. By the Grace of God, I did not drink."

"Honesty is the best tea."

"I always had a Higher Power. Whatever you could do for me - you had the Power...I came to AA in a blackout and woke up in a meeting in Columbus, OH"

Robert B (Atlanta, GA)
3/26/2017 in Rock Eagle, GA  EVENT: 71st Atlanta Men's Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 59 min )

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

"... it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

Sandy H (Fitzgerald, GA)
5/2/1998 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 8th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 36 min )

"I started to sell myself. That's what we do."

"I thought I was moving up!"

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Sarah-Anna-Oahu,Debi R-HI (Oahu and Hawaii,HI)
2/8/2001 in Honolulu, HI  EVENT: 37th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 53 min )

"God works when we don't and our God works when we can't."

Scott R (Van Nuys, CA)
10/21-24/2004 in Jekyll Island, GA  EVENT: 51st Georgia State Convention  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 6 min )

"I'm really getting the gifts now!"

Scotty A (Midland, TX)
2/15/1987 in Louisville, KY  EVENT: 36th Kentucky State Conference  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 16 min )

"Life is too important to be taken seriously."

Sharon C (Los Angeles, CA)
8/2/2015 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 40th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 4 min )

"We are all in a state of change and a state of Grace."

"We help lead each other to each other's God and each other's Spiritual Awakening."

Sheldon F (Las Vegas, NV)
6/30/2017 in Nashville, TN  EVENT: 36th Music City Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 13 min )

"I am disgustingly anti-social when I drink. I pee on the couch and hit on your mom."

Sheldon F (Las Vegas, NV)
8/5/2017 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 42nd Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 9 min )

"My dad is not an alcoholic but my dad is a selfish, self-centered guy. My dad's focused on how he feels and how much fun he's having. I mean, gosh, who among us isn't? ...My dad saw a pretty girl when I was two - chased after her. He saw another pretty girl when my son was six - chased after her. My dad is just a guy that wants to enjoy his life and he makes mistakes along the way and people get hurt. He couldn't have done any different! That was his N-A-T-U-R-E! I was mad at him for NOT doing something he was not capable of doing."

Snookie S (Rome, GA)
May 1981 in Macon, GA  EVENT: Georgia State Service Assembly (GSSA)  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 54 min )

"Above all, before I can be any or even one of these things, I must always remember first that I am an alcoholic and that my life became unmanageable."

Sponsorship (GA,OH,IL)
2/11/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop  ( 47 min )

"I heard a speaker say one time, you only needed five words to be a sponsor. That was: yes, no really, WOW, whatever."

"Each newcomer is assigned a reasonably stable A. A. member whose ward he becomes during his brief period of introduction to our way of life. The "sponsor" helps make hospital arrangements, takes his man there, visits him frequently and sees that he is visited by other A. A.s whose experience might be specially helpful. Hence a prospect so handled has received a powerful shot of A. A. and a good preview of what our society is like before he ever goes to a meeting. At the hospital he has time to soberly think through his situation, read our literature and exchange impressions with other alcoholics who are going through the same process. Contrast this with the frequent situation in which, for lack of hospitalization, the sponsor has to try to "taper off" his prospect at home or drag him, half dazed, to an A. A. meeting where the new man proceeds to get a lot of confused impressions or unfounded prejudices. While many of us have made our first contact with A. A. under these unfavorable circumstances, and have stuck nevertheless, there are probably many who do not stick on such a poor contact; people who might have remained with us had they been properly hospitalized and sponsored."

Stacy S (San Antonio, TX)
6/24-26/2016 in Pecatoniac, IL  EVENT: Midwest Motorcycle Alcoholics Anonymous Convention (MMAAC)  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 12 min )

"I did not want to be Hispanic and Persian. I wanted to be something exotic. I didn't know what that was."

Sue S (Woodstock, GA)
3/25/2017 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: HOW Place Saturday Night  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 45 min )

"She is hilariously funny. She has a temper like a two year old but she lives Alcoholics Anonymous and the people she has helped throughout her sobriety is phenomenal."

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Susan R (Dallas, TX)
1/15-17/1988 in Hilton Head, SC  EVENT: 8th Annual Mid-Mid-Winter Conference  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 59 min )

"But the same thing was happening over and over again."

Terri K (Woodville, OH)
7/1/2017 in Nashville, TN  EVENT: 36th Music City Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 13 min )

"Then the gig was up...Those are the sorts of things that practicing alcoholics do."

The Acid Test - Step 10 (AL,CA,NV)
2/11/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop  ( 34 min )

"by now sanity has returned"

The Big Book: Sharing Our Experience (TX,OH,MO)
7/2/2010 in San Antonio, TX  EVENT: AA International 2010  TYPE: AA, Both, Story  ( 1 hr 12 min )

"I am the only expert on my experience with this Book."

The Vital Step 5 (GA,OH,MI)
2/11/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Workshop  ( 32 min )

"Honesty"

"I was betrayed when I did my first fifth step inventory."

Tim H (Louisville, KY)
4/28/2006 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 16th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 12 min )

"Someday historians will look back on Alcoholics Anonymous as the greatest spiritual movement of the 21st century."

Todd J (Shawnee, OK)
2006 in Tyler, TX  EVENT: Unknown  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 1 hr 5 min )

"I'm just a white trash knucklehead."

"I will jump headfirst off this podium if I thought it would get me attention from a girl."

Tom L (Luray, VA)
Oct 1975 in Blackstone, VA  EVENT: Blackstone Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 56 min )

"Only a fool, when properly informed, would give up the pleasures of slow dying and yet living."

Tom W (Dana Point, CA)
7/17/1998 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 23rd Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story  ( 52 min )

"This may be sacrilege in AA but I loved to drink. I loved everything about it....Life interfered with my drinking."

"God, I have no idea where I'm going. I do not see the road ahead of me and I cannot know for certain where it will end nor do I really know myself.

And the fact that I think I am following Your Will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe this: I believe the desire to please You does in fact please You and I hope I have that desire in everything I do and I hope I never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know if I do this, You will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it at the time.

Though I seem to be lost, in the very shadow of death, I will not be afraid because I know You will never leave me to face my troubles all alone."

Tommie D (Oakland Park, FL)
3/22/2009 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 19th Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story, Historical  ( 1 hr 16 min )

"I used to say I came from a dysfunctional family but I'm it. The rest of my family was fine."

"I truly believe that alcoholism is a feeling illness."

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Virgil W (Decatur, GA)
2/4/1967 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: Southeastern Delegates Meeting  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 21 min )

"As I see AA World Service through the Prisons, Hospitals and Churches."

Virginia T (Jacksonville, FL)
2/13/2000 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 36th IAAWC  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 57 min )

"Now, don't get upset when I talk about God to new people, cause I'm not trying to save any souls. I would not know what to do with them if I did. But I have to talk about God because He has done so much for me through this Program."

Young People in AA (CA,TX,CO)
July 2005 in Toronto, ON  EVENT: AA International 2005  TYPE: AA, Both, Story  ( 51 min )

"We didn't know whether to crawl into church or cartwheel."

Yvonne S (Edmond, OK)
8/11/1977 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 24th Georgia State Convention and 33rd S.E. Regional  TYPE: AA, Female, Story  ( 1 hr 11 min )

"I don't think I came into AA to get sober...but to live in a world soberly."

"Alcohol did that thing for me that no other human could do."

"It was at that time that I began to see who Yvonne really was."

SPEAKER SET: Dick W-Jerry T - BBS 2002   (Multiple)  Total time across all 8 files is 10.2 hours.
Dick W-Jerry T - BBS 2002 p5 (Charlotte, NC)  5 of 8
9/20-22/2002 in Buford, GA  EVENT: Unity Weekend  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 1 hr 19 min )

"Resentment is OK within limits."

Dick W-Jerry T - BBS 2002 p8 (Charlotte, NC)  8 of 8
9/20-22/2002 in Buford, GA  EVENT: Unity Weekend  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 1 hr )

"Every time Bill talks about Principles he's talking about the Steps..."

"He said 'Practice these principles in all our affairs'. How you gonna' do that? Make your own Program, folks. Got to make your own because your affairs are different than everybody else's."

SPEAKER SET: Jim W - Steps 1982   (Single)  Total time across all 4 files is 4.1 hours.
Jim W - Steps 1982 1 (Aledo, TX)  1 of 4
1982 in Dallas, TX  EVENT: Step Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Steps  ( 1 hr )

"There are two things you are going to remember for the rest of your days: no matter what's going on in your life, you do not understand; then you'll have understanding. Then when you quit trying to understand you'll enjoy it.

And the other thing is that, no matter what your situation is, it is never them, it's never God, it's never the situation, it's you that must become different. You must become more different than you have ever been before."

Jim W - Steps 1982 2 (Aledo, TX)  2 of 4
1982 in Dallas, TX  EVENT: Step Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Steps  ( 57 min )

"All that's going to have to happen here, you're going to have to become a person who is willing to give up all of his defects of character. That's all.

And to become willing to give up my defects of character, I am going to have to be willing thrrough situations to not act on any of my defects so that God can remove them from me which is going to take some process of time...

And the thing that kills me, is that I am not going to get any credit for it at all."

Jim W - Steps 1982 3 (Aledo, TX)  3 of 4
1982 in Dallas, TX  EVENT: Step Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Steps  ( 59 min )

"I am never going to have anything my way. I am going to give up all control.

I am not going to try to control another humen being at all. I am not going to find fault with another human being.

There is no way to live with another human being and find fault with them. You just can't do it. It will not work."

Jim W - Steps 1982 4 (Aledo, TX)  4 of 4
1982 in Dallas, TX  EVENT: Step Workshop  TYPE: AA, Male, Steps  ( 1 hr 7 min )

"I was given the Twenty-Four Hour a Day book by my sponsor.

That's not what people call approved literature. I don't even know if AA has approved the Bible or not.

But I understand it's not a bad book. I've just recently noticed their stealing some of our stuff."

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SPEAKER SET: Joe and Charlie - 1995 - The Wilson House   (Multiple)  Total time across all 11 files is 13.6 hours.
Joe and Charlie - 1995 - The Wilson House-p11 (Little Rock and Maysville, AR)  11 of 11
11/15/1995 in East Dorset, VT  EVENT: Big Book Study  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 25 min )

"You can be just as happy as you want to be."

SPEAKER SET: Joe McQ and Charlie P - TST   (Multiple)  Total time across all 2 files is 1.5 hours.
Joe McQ - Charlie P TST p2 ( Little Rock, AR and Maysville, AR)  2 of 2
10/20/1990 in East Dorset, VT  EVENT: Big Book Comes Alive Weekend  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop, Historical  ( 29 min )

"The Twelve Concepts for World Service were written by A.A.'s co-founder Bill W., and were adopted by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1962."

SPEAKER SET: The Far Corners Retreat - 2006   (Multiple)  Total time across all 6 files is 5.4 hours.
Sandy B -2- Broken Heart (Tampa, FL)  2 of 6
12/15/2006 in Ellenton, FL  EVENT: 1st Far Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 1 hr )

"I am writing to you to tell you now sorry I am for letting you down so very many times over the past years."

Sandy B -4- Wish (Tampa, FL)  4 of 6
12/17/2006 in Ellenton, FL  EVENT: 1st Far Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 59 min )

"My friend, I wish you weren't here."

SPEAKER SET: The Far Corners Retreat - 2007   (Multiple)  Total time across all 6 files is 5.9 hours.
Sandy B -1- One Problem (Tampa, FL)  1 of 6
12/14/2017 in Eleenton, FL  EVENT: 2nd Far Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 56 min )

"There is only one problem that includes all problems and that is conscious separation from."

Sandy B -2- Stop Projecting (Tampa, FL)  2 of 6
12/14/2017 in Ellenton, FL  EVENT: 2nd Far Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 45 min )

"If I could get this over there and those two over there and that one dead - this would be pretty nice here."

Sandy B -3- Meditation and Imagination (Tampa, FL)  3 of 6
12/14/2017 in Ellenton, FL  EVENT: 2nd Far Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 49 min )

"And so, about four or five years ago I just said to myself, ' I'm going to fully awaken.' I don't know if I am but ... I can't tell you what's happened after that...Things keep coming in that are really exciting."

Sandy B -4- Q and A (Tampa, FL)  4 of 6
12/14/2017 in Ellenton, FL  EVENT: 2nd Far Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 1 hr 19 min )

"How do we reconcile being true to ourselves with getting rid of self?"

SPEAKER SET: The Far Corners Retreat - 2010   (Multiple)  Total time across all 7 files is 6.5 hours.
Sandy B -2- Simple (Tampa, FL)  2 of 7
Dec 2010 in Ellenton, FL  EVENT: 5th Four Corners Retreat  TYPE: AA, Male, Workshop  ( 48 min )

"AA is an utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery."