This is the official web site for the District 15/ Intergroup located within Area 1  (Alabama/Northwest Florida). District 15 is located in the Florida Panhandle and covers both Bay and Gulf counties. The primary purpose of this web site is to carry the message of A.A. For those seeking a meeting, we have provided our schedule and meeting locations. There is information for those new to A.A. or those that think they might have a drinking problem. We have also provided a link to the A.A. General Service Office web site where additional information on the program of A.A. can be found. If you're a family  member or friend of an alcoholic and their drinking is having an adverse affect on your life then Al-Anon can help; their primary purpose is to help the families of alcoholics.

 

The Higher Power Group is celebrating their 13th Anniversary this coming Sunday, January 28th. There will good food and fellowship starting at 6pm, followed at 7pm with a meeting. Everyone is welcome!!

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Significant January Dates in AA History

Jan 3, 1939 - First sale of Works Publishing Co stock is recorded.
Jan 8, 1938 - New York AA splits from the Oxford Group.
Jan 10, 1940 - 1st AA meeting not in a home meets at King School, Akron, Ohio.
Jan 15, 1937 - Fitz M brings AA meetings to Washington DC.
Jan 21, 1954 - Hank P, who helped Bill start NY office, dies in Pennington, New Jersey.
Jan 24, 1918 - Bill marries Lois Burnham in the Swedenborgen Church in Brooklyn Heights.
Jan 24, 1945 - 1st black group St. Louis
Jan. 24, 1971 - Bill W dies at Miami Beach, FL.
Jan 25, 1915 - Dr. Bob marries Anne Ripley.
Jan 26,1971 - N.Y. Times publishes Bill's obituary on page 1.
End of Jan 1939 - 400 copies of manuscript of Big Book circulated for comment, evaluation and sale.
 
     
 

AA Birthdays in January

Diana F 36 January 19, 1982 Surfside Serenity
Ed M 29 January 5, 1989 Surfside Serenity
Debbie B 16 January 1, 2002 Surfside Serenity
Kerry E 36 January 7, 1982 Beach Unity Group
Alexis B 6 January 14, 2012 Beach Unity Group
Michelle A 3 January 23, 2015 Beach Unity Group
Susie E 4 January 11, 2014 Nooner's Group
Myrl J 35 January 23, 1983 Port St Joe Serenity
Iain B 21 January 12, 1997 Port St Joe Serenity
Vicki R 3 January 20, 2012 Port St Joe Serenity
 
     
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More About Alcoholism

MOST OF us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow,  someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.
  We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.
  We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followedby still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.
  We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.  
   Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right- about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!  
   Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum.

p.30-31, Alcoholics Anonymous, Reprinted with permission of AA World Services