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Videos Provided by A.A. World Services

A.A. World Services provides videos to find out more about A.A. via their site at aa.org. Information here may be helpful.

Young & Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery Video: Young and drinking too much? Through A.A., these young people got sober and found recovery.
A Group of People Just Like Me Video: Hear stories from A.A. members who got sober when they were young, and how young people's meetings helped them to quit drinking and to find a community of sober friends.
Young People's Animation Video Video: Too young to be an alcoholic? There is no such thing as being too young to get sober.
Alcoholics Anonymous Video: A member tells how Alcoholics Anonymous helped her to quit drinking at 17 and to find a community of sober friends at young people's meetings.
25 and Under Video: Listen to stories from A.A. members who got sober before they turned 25 as they tell what happened when they drank alcohol, and how Alcoholics Anonymous has changed their lives.
A.A. Video for Legal and Corrections Professionals Video: Three legal and corrections professionals describe the benefits of A.A. for clients and inmates, and how it can also serve as a vital resource for those in their field.
A New Freedom Video: A.A. in jails and prisons: even in correctional facilities, they found freedom from alcoholism through A.A.
On the Beach Video: These Alcoholics Anonymous members quit drinking young and found recovery through the 12 Steps.
Sobriety in A.A.: We made changes to stop drinking Video: Drinking problem? If you want to get sober, A.A. offers a solution. Alcoholics Anonymous helps alcoholics stop drinking - and live a better life - one day at a time.
Hope: Alcoholics Anonymous Video: Can A.A. help me stop drinking? Members explain how Alcoholics Anonymous works and what to expect in meetings.
Why Anonymous? Video: Why is anonymity important in A.A.? Learn how the principle of anonymity can offer a path to recovery for someone with a drinking problem.
A.A. Video for Employment/Human Resources Professionals Video: Three helping professionals describe how A.A. can benefit employees and also serve as a vital resource for those in the employment/HR/EAP field.
Sobriety in A.A.: Since getting sober, I have hope Video: Listen to one woman's story of how Alcoholics Anonymous gave her hope and helped her to live without drinking. (PI PSA)
A.A. Video for Healthcare Professionals Video: Three medical professionals describe how A.A. can help patients and also serve as a vital resource for those in the healthcare field.
Sobriety in A.A.: Opening doors to a life without drinking Video: Members talk about their experiences with alcohol and how A.A. helped them change their lives.

Books Provided by A.A. World Services

A.A. World Services provides a number of books online via their site at aa.org. Information here may be helpful.

The Big Book The basic text of A.A. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism.
The 12 & 12 Bill W.'s 24 essays on the Steps and the Traditions
A.A. Service Manual All of the basic service principles and procedures are outlined.

Other Literature Provided by A.A. World Services

A.A. World Services provides over 100 other articles via their site at aa.org. Information here may be helpful.

A.A. Answering Services Guidelines for operating a telephone and email answering service.
Archives Guidelines for collecting, preserving, and sharing the rich and meaningful heritage of our Fellowship
Central or Intergroup Offices Guidelines for operating central or intergroup offices
Conferences, Conventions and Roundups Guidelines planning and running conferences, conventions and roundups
Cooperating with Court, D.W.I. and Similar Programs Guidelines for cooperating with court, D.W.I. and similar programs
Cooperation with the Professional Community Guidelines for cooperating with the health care professionals, lawyers, clergy and other professionals
Corrections Committees Guidelines for working with corrections facilities
Finance Guidelines for how to manage finances in A.A.
Internet Guidelines for A.A. on the internet
Literature Committees Guidelines literature committees
Public Information Guidelines for carrying the message by getting information about AA to the public
Treatment Committees Guidelines for working with treatment facilities
Accessibilities Workbook Workbook on making the A.A. message more accessible
Archives Workbook Workbook to help make the history of the organization accessible to A.A. members and other researchers
Cooperation with the Professional Community Workbook Workbook for cooperating with the health care professionals, lawyers, clergy and other professionals
Corrections Workbook Workbook for working with corrections facilities
Public Information Workbook Workbook for carrying the message by getting information about AA to the public
Treatment Committee Workbook Workbook for working with treatment facilities
A.A. at a Glance Ten facts about A.A.
A Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous A brief introduction to A.A.
A.A. and the Armed Services Personal stories tell how men or women in the military - any rank, any age - can beat a drinking problem through A.A.
A.A. for the Black and African American Alcoholic Personal stories of finding sobriety and a new way of life in Alcoholics Anonymous.
A.A. for the Native North American Addressed to Native American A.A. members; also contains some of their stories.
A.A. for the Older Alcoholic - Never Too Late The stories of eight men and women who came to A.A. after 60
A.A. Group Treasurer Description of the role and responsibilities of a group treasurer.
A.A. Group Informal guide tells how a group works most effectively, how a new group can be started, and how each group can be linked to A.A. as a whole.
A.A. in Correctional Facilities Experience based on the functioning of A.A. groups in prisons, with institutional opinions recommending A.A. as a helpful ally.
A.A. in Treatment Settings Shares experience of treatment facility administrators and of A.A.s who have carried the message into these facilities.
A.A. in Your Community Help groups, central offices, and P.I. committees interpret A.A. to the community.
A.A. Member - Medications and Other Drugs Report from a group of doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous. A.A. members share their experience with medications and other drugs.
A.A. Membership Survey Summarizes the latest survey of membership in the U.S. and Canada
A.A. Temporary Contact/Bridging the Gap Request Requesting a temporary A.A. contact upon your release from treament or prison
A.A. Temporary Contact/Bridging the Gap Volunteer Requesting to volunteer for the Bridging the Gap program
A.A. Tradition - How It Developed Bill W.'s 1946-47 Grapevine articles on the Traditions trace the evolution of principles for A.A. unity and growth.
A.A.'s Legacy of Service Bill W. describes the beginnings of group and general services, the origin of the Traditions, and the birth of the Conference.
A.A. as a Resource for the Health Care Professional Information about the Fellowship and describes some approaches that health care professionals use in referring problem drinkers to A.A.
Access to A.A.: Members Share on Overcoming Barriers The experience of A.A. members who are hearing and visually impaired, housebound chronically ill or disabled due to brain damage or stroke.
A.A. as a Resource For Drug & Alcohol Court Professionals How A.A. can be a resource. What A.A. does. What A.A. does not do.
Bridging the Gap Between Treatment and A.A. Through Contact Programs A program to help alcoholics transition from treatment to life on the outside.
Carrying the Message into Correctional Facilities Basic information for A.A.s who speak in correctional facilities.
Circles of Love and Service Outlines our service structure in full-color diagrams.
Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous Brief biographical sketches of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, together with their last major talks.
Do You Think You're Different? Speaks to newcomers who may wonder how A.A. can work for someone "different" - black or Jewish, teenager or nearing 80, plus nine other people who tell how the A.A. program has worked for them.
Frequently Asked Questions About A.A. - (Formerly 44 Questions) Answers the questions most frequently asked about A.A. by alcoholics seeking help, as well as by their families and friends.
G.S.R. Your group's link to A.A. as a whole Outlines responsibilities and useful sources of information
General Service Offices, Central Offices, Intergroups, and Answering Services Overseas International A.A. contact information
How A.A. Members Cooperate With Professionals Answers specific queries on working within A.A. Traditions.
How It Works An excerpt from Chapter 5 of the Big Book
A.A. Preamble Traditional introduction at A.A. meetings
If You Are a Professional... Information for professionals of all types who deal with alcoholics; explains how A.A.s and non-A.A.s can work together
Information and sign-up for "Outside" A.A. members Information about the Corrections Correspondence Service
Information on Alcoholics Anonymous Basic information about A.A. meetings
Inside A.A. - Understanding the Fellowship and its Services Explains the A.A. service structure in the U.S. and Canada
Is A.A. for Me? An illustrated, easy-to-read version of the 12 questions in "Is A.A. for You?"
Is A.A. for You? Symptoms of alcoholism are summed up in 12 questions
Is There an Alcoholic in Your Life? Explains the A.A. program as it affects anyone close to an alcoholic - spouse, family member, friend.
It Happened to Alice - How she faced a drinking problem Easy-to-read "comic book" style pamphlet for women alcoholics.
It Sure Beats Sitting in a Cell Presents the experience of seven inmates who found A.A. while in prison
Let's Be Friendly With Our Friends Bill explains the importance of cooperating with doctors, social workers, etc.
LGBTQ Alcoholics in A.A. Excerpts from the experience, strength and hope of sober LGBTQ alcoholics point out that the tie that binds us all together is freedom from alcohol.
Many Paths to Spirituality A.A. is not religious. Everyone chooses their own spirituality
Member's-Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous Explains the A.A. program to social workers, counselors, physicians, and others in the alcoholism field.
Members of the Clergy Ask About Alcoholics Anonymous Introduction to A.A. for members of the clergy unfamiliar with the Fellowship
Memo to an Inmate Who May Be an Alcoholic A message from A.A.s who have themselves been inmates.
Message to Corrections Professionals Information about what A.A. is and can do and how groups function in a correctional facility.
Message to Teenagers How to tell when drinking is becoming a problem.
Newcomer Asks Answers 15 commonly asked questions about A.A.
Problems Other Than Alcohol Bill's thoughts on the status of drug addicts within A.A.
Questions and Answers on Sponsorship Answers 34 questions likely to be asked by persons seeking sponsors, persons wanting to be sponsors, and groups planning sponsorship activity
Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix Suggests ways of apportioning group contributions to support various service entities
Speaking at Non-A.A. Meetings Suggests what to say and how to say it when asked to speak to organizations outside the Fellowship of A.A.
The "God" Word: Agnostic and Atheist Members in A.A. A.A. is not a religious organization. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and non-belief.
Is There a Problem Drinker in the Workplace? Gives a concise description of the help A.A. can offer to the alcoholic employee
This Is A.A. - An introduction to the A.A. recovery program Information for anyone who thinks he or she may have a problem with alcohol.
Too Young? Speaks directly to teenagers telling the varied drinking stories of six young people (13 to 18) and showing their welcome to A.A.
Twelve Concepts Illustrated Brief, easy-to-read text and clever illustrations make the Twelve Concepts for World Service clear and understandable.
Twelve Steps Illustrated An easy-to-read version of A.A.'s Twelve Steps.
Twelve Traditions Illustrated Presents both the spirit and the practical application of our 12 Traditions.
Understanding Anonymity Explains clearly what anonymity means both within and outside A.A.
What Happened to Joe Dramatic story of a young construction worker and his drinking problem
Where Do I Go From Here? We alcoholics stick together to overcome the disease of alcoholism.
Women in A.A. Relates the experiences of 12 women, all of whom are alcoholics who have found sobriety and a new way of life in A.A.
Young People and A.A. Ten Young A.A.'s - 16 to 27 - tell how the program works for them.
Your A.A. General Service Office Describes the services provided by your G.S.O.
Your D.C.M. - District Committee Member Outlines the responsibilities of the district committee member.
A.A. for Alcoholics with Mental Health Issues Relates the experiences of 12 women and men alcoholics coping with serious mental health issues who have found sobriety and a new way of life in A.A.
Concepts Checklist A starting point for discussion by groups, districts or areas about how effective they are
A.A. Fact Sheet Public information about A.A.
Frequently Asked Questions About A.A. Websites Answers to 14 questions about A.A. websites
Is Your Group Linked To A.A. As A Whole? Information about listing an A.A. group with A.A. worldwide
How To Conduct A Sharing Session Information about how to conduct a sharing session
The General Service Conference Structure (U.S. and Canada) A diagram of the structure of the A.A. organizaton in Canada and the US
Anonymity Online And Digital Media Guidelines for maintaining anonymity online
For Volunteers Staffing an A.A. Exhibit Guidelines for volunteers staffing an A.A. exhibit
Frequently Asked Questions on Practicing The Seventh Tradition At Virtual Meetings Answers 6 questions about the 7th Tradition at online meetings

Joe and Charlie Tapes

A pair of gentlemen, Joe and Charlie, take us though an in-depth study of the Big Book over the course of 47 audio files. The audio files are found here.

A.A. Meeting Info

Today's Daily Reflection

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Acceptance Reading

"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation - some fact of my life - unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."

Copyright © AAWS, Inc. From page 417 of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Reprinted with permission

Self Will Reading

"The first requirements is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful. In trying to make these arrangements our actor may sometimes be quite virtuous. He may be kind, considerate, patient, generous; even modest and self-sacrificing. On the other hand, he may be mean, egotistical, selfish and dishonest. But as with most humans, he is more likely to have varied traits.

What usually happens? The show doesn't come off very well. He begins to think that life doesn't treat him right. He decides to exert himself more. He becomes, on the next occasion, still more demanding or gracious, as the case may be. Still the play does not suit him. Admitting that he may be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame. He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying. What is his basic trouble? Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to the kind? Is he not a victim of the delusions that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well? Is it not evident to all the rest of the players that these are the things he wants? And do not his actions make each of them wish to retaliate, snatching all they can get out of the show? Is he not, even is his best moments, a producer of confusion rather than harmony?

Selfishness - self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt."

Copyright © AAWS, Inc. From page 60 of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Reprinted with permission

Freedom From Resentments Reading

"If you have resentment you want to be free of, if you will pray for the person or thing that you resent, you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them, you will be free. Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness, and you will be free. Even when you don't really want it for them and your prayers are only words and you don't mean it, go ahead and do it anyway. Do it everyday for two weeks, and you will find you have come to mean it and to want it for them, and you will realize that where you used to feel bitterness and resentment and hatred, you now feel compassionate, understanding and love.

It worked for me then, and it has worked for me many times since, and it will work for me every time I am willing to work it. Sometimes I have to ask first for the willingness, but it always comes. And because it works for me, it will work for all of us."

Copyright © AAWS, Inc. From page 552 of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Reprinted with permission

Living Sober Highlights

The following highlights were taken from a book: Living Sober. This book has basic advice for people newly sober to stay sober.

A.A. Speaker Audio Files

You can find tons of audio files of A.A. Speakers giving their A.A. talk. The best way to find these is to Google for "aa speaker mp3" and a list should come up.