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.

 

Central Group would like to invite everyone to their Monday and Thursday, 7pm, Open Discussion meetings. We also have a Big Book meeting on Sunday mornings at 9am. Please come share with us! Serenity Junction 922 Jenks Ave, Panama City

 
   
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AA Birthdays in December

Jeanette P 36 1 Dec 1983 Port St Joe Serenity
Nancy B 30 24 Dec 1989 Port St Joe Serenity
Daniel S 7 14 Dec 2012 Port St Joe Serenity
Don D 6 1 Dec 2013 Port St Joe Serenity
Verline 4 9 Dec 2015 Port St Joe Serenity
Patty S 3 22 Dec 2016 Beach Unity Group
Brian H 41 8 Dec 1978 Beach Unity Group
Terry M 18 20 Dec 2011 Beach Unity Group
Clare J 5 24 Dec 2014 Beach Unity Group
Dana L 4 23 Dec 2015 Beach Unity Group
John T 3 17 Dec 2016 Beach Unity Group
Caleb W 3 Dec 2016 Frantic Serenity Group
Catherine H 10 Dec 2009 Frantic Serenity Group
George G 30 6 Dec 1989 Lynn Haven Group
Sally F 23 15 Dec 1996 Lynn Haven Group
Karen B 2 26 Dec 2017 Lynn Haven Group
   
 
Significant December Dates in AA History
Dec 11, 1934 - Bill admitted to Towns Hosp 4th/last time
Dec 1934 - Bill & Lois start attending Oxford Group meetings.
Dec 12, 1937 - Bill meets with Rockefeller Foundation and tries to get money
Dec 13, 1937 - Rockland State Mental Hospital takes patients to meeting in New Jersey.
Dec 1938 - Twelve Steps written.
Dec 6, 1939 - Bert the Tailor lends Works Publishing $1000.
Dec 20, 1945 - Rowland Hazard dies (he carried the Oxford Group message to Ebby).
Dec 1948 - Dr. Bob's last major talk.
Dec 1950 - Grapevine article signed by both Bill and Dr Bob recommend establishing AA General Service Conference.
Dec 1955 - 'Man on the Bed' painting (originally called 'Came to Believe'.) by Robert M. first appeared in Grapevine.
Dec 1982 - Nell Wing retires from GSO after 35 years of service.
 

Surfside Serenity Group has a new home and would like to welcome everyone to come out! We are now meeting in the Gulf County Beaches Fire Station in Port St Joe, 7912 Alabama Ave, Port St Joe, Fl 32456 on Fridays at 6 PM Central Time [ 7 PM Eastern Time]. Please come out and visit with us!

 
     
 

Meeting Guide App - Our District is now listed in AA's Meeting Guide App. The app is used to find meetings anywhere in the United States. It is a great tool when you are traveling and many visitors to our area have requested that we get listed.

The app can be downloaded in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. The icon is afolding chair with a blue background. Information about the app may be found on AA's website: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/meeting-guide

Many thanks to Ron S. for typing it up in the required format!

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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