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Heartfelt contributions to Grapevine magazine that speak to emotional sobriety—a powerful concept first described by AA co-founder Bill W.

Powerful and uplifting, the book Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier features stories of sober women and men that depict the personal transformations that sobriety can bring when sober alcoholics practice the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous in all aspects of their lives.

In a 1958 article for Grapevine, the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. wrote about the ongoing challenges of recovery that he faced long after he stopped drinking, including his struggle with depression. For him, “emotional sobriety” became the next frontier.

In these honest and humble essays drawn from the archives of Grapevine magazine, you’ll discover what emotional sobriety is all about. Many will realize that happiness is a by-product of giving without any demand for return; others learn to embrace the present with gratitude so they may claim moments of real peace.

The stories in this anthology show that when we have the willingness to find solutions, rather than stay stuck in problems, we can let go of fear, selfishness, and resentment, put aside selfish demands, practice outgoing love, and become more connected to our Higher Power and our friends, family, and community.

With unflinching honesty, this collection includes the voices of AA members reflecting on their own emotional sobriety or, as Bill Wilson put it, "a quiet place in bright sunshine."



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Date de parution 07 décembre 2012
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Emotional Sobriety
The Next Frontier
Selected stories from AA Grapevine
Other books published by AA Grapevine, Inc.
The Language of the Heart (& eBook)
The Best of Bill (& eBook)
Spiritual Awakenings (& eBook)
I Am Responsible: The Hand of AA
The Home Group: Heartbeat of AA
Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier (& eBook)
Spiritual Awakenings II (& eBook)
In Our Own Words: Stories of Young AAs in Recovery
Beginners' Book
Voices of Long-Term Sobriety
A Rabbit Walks into a Bar
Step by Step: Real AAs, Real Recovery (& eBook)
Emotional Sobriety II: The Next Frontier (& eBook)
Young & Sober (& eBook)
In Spanish
El Lenguaje del Corazón
Lo Mejor de Bill (& eBook)
Lo Mejor de La Viña
El Grupo Base: Corazón de AA
In French
Les meilleurs articles de Bill
Le Langage du cœur
Le Groupe d'attache : Le battement du cœur des AA
Emotional Sobriety
The Next Frontier
Selected stories from AA Grapevine

New York, New York
Copyright © 2006 by AA Grapevine, Inc.
475 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10115
All rights reserved
May not be reprinted in full or in part, except in short passages for purposes of review or comment, without written permission from the publisher.
AA and Alcoholics Anonymous are registered trademarks of AA World Services, Inc.
Twelve Steps copyright © AA World Services, Inc.; reprinted with permission.
ISBN: 978-0-933685-57-2, Mobi: 978-1-938413-01-8, ePub: 978-1-938413-00-1
AA Preamble
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
©AA Grapevine, Inc.
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Copyright © AA World Services, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
AA Preamble
The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety January 1958
Section One
A New Perspective
Growth June 1976
In All Our Affairs July 1956
Win Or Lose August 2001
Spiritual Agony February 2001
The Mouth That Roared August 2001
A Remarkable Sensation March 1997
Wait for the Pitch March 2001
Section Two
The Acid Test
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night October 1998
The Value of Life June 2005
Spiritual Coffee-making August 2001
Winners and Whiners October 1994
Faith in Full Flower November 2003
The Scariest Thing June 2006
Section Three
Freedom From Self
Lonely at the Top May 1991
Anonymity: A Day at a Time in the Real World July 1995
We Get What We Get October 2001
The Root of Our Troubles December 1979
Ready, Willing, and Almost Able April 2000
Thoughts on Step Seven August 1955
It Works at Work June 2000
Simple Program July 1980
Section Four
A Program of Action
A Benchmark in Sobriety September 1991
Dropout September 1977
Think Small March 1979
What Will I Get Out of It? December 2003
Made Direct Amends June 1990
The Work at Hand March 1988
Take My Advice – I'm Not Using It May 1997
Section Five
Outgoing Love
Put Aside Anger July 1965
Some Long-time Views March 1984
An Equal-Opportunity Deplorer March 1983
As Unique As Ham and Eggs June 2000
Miracle In a Burger Joint March 2002
The Ability to Love May 1962
Miracles to Go August 1997
Section Six
The Joy of Living
The Rhythm of Life October 1998
Hanging in There Together March 1984
Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings March 1995
Practical Joy February 1997
Savoring Our Sobriety August 1982
Savoring Sobriety August 1997
The Man I've Always Wanted to Be October 1990
A Twig In the Yard July 2001

About AA and AA Grapevine
In 1958, the Grapevine published an article by AA co-founder Bill W. about the ongoing challenges of recovery that he faced long after he stopped drinking. Called “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety,” the article describes Bill’s insight that his struggle with depression was due to overweening dependencies on other people and outside circumstances. Bill explains how he had found peace of mind by letting go of his expectations and practicing what he calls “outgoing love” — a love less concerned with what one gets and more with what one gives. It was, as he put it, the St. Francis Prayer in action.
For some, the next frontier in recovery from alcoholism may be letting go of faulty, unrealistic dependencies; for others, it may mean illuminating persistent character defects or the “Now what?” malaise that can afflict the long-timer. The stories in this book show that when we have the willingness to find solutions rather than stay stuck in problems, we can let go of fear, selfishness, and resentment, put aside selfish demands, practice outgoing love, and become more connected to our Higher Power and our friends, family, and fellows.
This book does not represent a final definition of emotional sobriety. Growing up in sobriety means different things to each of us, and one’s own idea of it may change over time. But one thing seems true: the rewards for reaching for emotional sobriety are serenity, emotional balance, and an increased joy in living.
— The Editors
The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety
January 1958
I THINK THAT MANY oldsters who have put our AA "booze cure" to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next major development in AA — the development of much more real maturity and balance (which is to say, humility) in our relations with ourselves, with our fellows, and with God.
Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance — urges quite appropriate to age seventeen — prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven.
Since AA began, I've taken immense wallops in all these areas because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually. My God, how painful it is to keep demanding the impossible,

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