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  "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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The Legacy Group of Alcoholics Anonymous
5146 Trail Lake Dr. Fort Worth, Texas 817.292.9883

Information and help with the problems of addiction, alcoholism and just plain living.

68 Years of Alcoholics Anonymous
News and Magazine Articles
from the First 68 Years of A.A.

Personal Stories from the First Edition
The Doctors Nightmare - I was born in a small New England village of about seven thousand souls. The general moral standard was, as I recall it, far above the average. No beer or liquor was sold in the neighborhood, except at the State liquor agency where perhaps one might procure a pint if he could convince the agent that he really needed it.

by William James

The Gifford Lectures on Natural Religion
Delivered at Edinburgh in 1901-1902
This book would never have been written had I not been honored with an appointment as Gifford Lecturer on Natural Religion at the University of Edinburgh. In casting about me for subjects of the two courses of ten lectures each for which I thus became responsible, it seemed to me that the first course might well be a descriptive one on 'Man's Religious Appetites,' and the second a metaphysical one on 'Their Satisfaction through Philosophy.'
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Alcoholics log on - Alice hadn't taken a drink in four months. Even so, she was afraid to venture out at night for fear that the temptations of an active social life might pull her back into the bottle. "I knew I had a problem with alcohol, but I was adverse to going to an A.A. meeting," says the 43-year-old computer consultant from California. Instead she holed up with her home computer, logging on to various electronic bulletin boards late into the night.

Sobriety Calculator. See how long you
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Most people know about the work done by AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), an organization in which alcoholics help one another overcome their drinking problems. Fewer realize there is a somewhat similar group devoted to helping the families of alcoholics.
Source: Good Housekeeping, January 1960

The exclusive story, with case histories, of a new group that is bringing hope to alcohol's most tragic victims: The wives, husbands and children of the drunkards themselves.
The Saturday Evening Post, July 2, 1955

The Fundamentals-In Retrospect
By Dr. Bob Smith
September 1948, AA Grapevine© .
It is gratifying to feel that one belongs to and has a definite personal part in the work of a growing and spiritually prospering organization for the release of the alcoholics of mankind from a deadly enslavement.


About The Legacy Group

We hope that you find some useful information here and we hope to see you at Legacy tonight. Legacy meets every day at noon and at 6:00 P.M. Mon - Sat. Sunday at 11 A.M. (Women's Meeting) and at 1:00 P.M. (Discussion Meeting). Speaker meetings are at 6:00 P.M. Sunday Nights.
All Meetings are Nonsmoking and all Meetings Are Closed Except For Sundays, and Any Meeting That An Annual Birthday Is Being Recognized.

How It Works
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way.
They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.

There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it -- then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked, we thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power that One is God. May you find Him now!

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

This is intended for people
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) for the first
time. Here we have tried to answer the
questions most frequently in the minds
of newcomers.


**Help Now **
Drug and Alcohol Treatment
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Need help right now with a drinking problem?
Assistance is available 24 hours a day
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The Spiritual Connection

The bookstalls currently offer two books, each by a celebrity who made the difficult, trying escape from the black swamp that is alcoholism. There are tens, even hundreds of thousands of such stories of despair and, finally, triumph, which will never see print. But in them all there is one basic sameness, despite the differences in the social and financial classification of the individuals. They all had to hit bottom.Source: American Mercury, October 1954.

Alcohol Screening
Online Alcohol Screening
Am I drinking safely? Will alcohol cause problems for me later? Is drinking harming my health now?


The Golden Gate City, ashamed of having the highest percentage of arrests for drunkenness,and alarmed by the number of suicides in its drunk tanks, will soon have the nation’s most fabulous clinic for alcoholics. Liberty, July 1949

More Reading

To acknowledge God and to live are one and the same thing.

The Drunkard's Best Friend By Jack Alexander The 1950 article from the Saturday Evening Post with the original photos.

Say it Here, on the Legacy TagBoard! Give yourself a name, enter a message and hit tag. Or go HERE to the Legacy Discussion Group
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Alcoholics Anonymous is an informal fellowship of about 12,000 formerly alcoholic men and women who are to be found banded together as groups in about three hundred and twenty-five American and Canadian communities.

Working With Others
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill.

How the book of Alcoholics Anonymous came about. Bill Wilson speaking at the Harbor Club in Fort Worth, Texas -1954


The 7th Step Prayer
When ready, we say something like this:
" My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." We have then completed Step Seven.

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"I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it."
- Groucho Marx (1895-1977)

This site is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Ida Norma Stebbins, (1915-1995) whose gentle and loving spirit helped guide me to sobriety. Thanks Mom. Gen. 31/49

Almost everything on this site is from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The parts that aren't are from The Grapevine
and other sources or are borrowed from other AA sites and everything is reprinted or otherwise reproduced with everybody
else's good wishes. This is not an official A.A. site and as such there is material included that is not found in The Book
"Alcoholics Anonymous" and is not endorsed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Such material is provided for informational purposes
only. The author claims no responsibility for anything original on this site and anyone is welcome to borrow with permission
but please give credit when due and let me know if you want to trade links. This site is for information purposes only
and is not intended to give medical or psychological advice on the disease of addiction. If you are having
problems with alcohol or drug addiction it is recommended that you seek professional help.
If you have
a problem with anything on this site please let me know. I may or may not do anything about it.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS® and A.A.® are registered trademarks of A.A. World Services, Inc.
This site became active January 1, 2002
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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 A.A. membership; we are self-supporting
through our own contributions. A.A. 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.

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