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.

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AA Birthdays in September

Tom D 32 5 September 1986 Port St Joe Serenity
Jim D 32 17 September 1986 Port St Joe Serenity
Charlie M 21 30 September 1997 Port St Joe Serenity
Kelly R 1 1 September 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
John G 32 September 1986 Beach Unity Group
David S 5 September 2013 Beach Unity Group
Jodi K 5 September 2013 Beach Unity Group
Mike B 4 September 2014 Beach Unity Group
Robert S 4 September 2012 Beach Unity Group
Barbara W 2 September 2016 Beach Unity Group
Jim D 5 September 2013 Frantic Serenity Group
Bridgett 17 September 2001 Frantic Serenity Group
Jodie 5 11 September 2013 Nooner's Group
Debbie B 14 6 September 2004 Lynn Haven Group
Kim C 12 5 September 2006 Surfside Serenity Group
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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


Significant September Dates in AA History

Sept 1, 1939 - 1st AA group founded in Chicago.
Sept 13, 1937 - Florence R, 1st female in AA in NY.
Sept 17, 1954 - Bill D, AA #3 dies.
Sept 19, 1975 - Jack Alexander, author of the March 1, 1941Saturday Evening Post article on AA, dies.
Sept 21, 1938 - Bill W & Hank P form Works Publishing Co.
Sept 24, 1940 - Bill 12th steps Bobbie V, who later replaced Ruth Hock as his secretary in NY.
Sept 30, 1939 - article about A.A. in Liberty magazine, "Alcoholics and God" by Morris Markey.
Sept 1930 - Bill wrote 4th (last) promise in family Bible to quit drinking.
Sept 1948 - Bob writes article for Grapevine on AA "Fundamentals - In Retrospect".
Sept 1949 - 1st issue of Grapevine published in "pocketbook" size