Emotional Sobriety

Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier

"The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety." – Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 106. 

Here we engage in a discussion of the main emotions treated in the Big Book and the 12&12, how they arise, how they can go defective, and how we can correct those defects and achieve emotional sobriety through the practice of the principles in the 12 Steps of AA. We start with anger, fear, and guilt.

For a discussion of emotional sobriety in PTP123, please see "In All Our Affairs: Emotional Sobriety," pp. 43-65, and an excerpt therefrom on this site. For a discussion in PTP4, please see Chapter 7: Emotions, pp. 99–119. 

[Image: Cover of original edition of Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier. For text of Bill W.'s article there, click on link or see PTP4, Appendix 5.]


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