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 April

Ian M 42 April 28, 1976 Port St Joe Serenity
Norm I 37 April 7, 1981 Port St Joe Serenity
Rose P 27 April 28, 1991 Port St Joe Serenity
David L 22 April 26, 1996 Port St Joe Serenity
Jean H 19 April 1, 1999 Port St Joe Serenity
Richard H 9 April 26, 2009 Port St Joe Serenity
Aaron F 1 April 6, 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Shannon P 1 April 30, 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Mike D 27 April 12, 1991 Beach Unity Group
Del M 25 April 13, 1993 Beach Unity Group
Claudia G 25 April 23, 1993 Beach Unity Group
Vickie H 3 April 9, 2015 Beach Unity Group
Mike L 2 April 13, 2016 Beach Unity Group
Marcy M 2 April 15, 2016 Beach Unity Group
Doyle G 28 April 12, 1990 Nooner's Group
Wynette S 30 April 10, 1988 Nooner's Group
Judy D 9 April 7, 2009 Lynn Haven Group
Brian L 4 April 2014 Frantic Serenity Group
Larry B 1 April 2017 Frantic Serenity Group
Mary Kay B 31 April 1987 Frantic Serenity Group
Alex K 5 April 2013 Frantic Serenity Group
Chad T 1 April 2017 Frantic Serenity Group
Janice S 17 April 2001 Surfside Serenity
Richard H 9 April 2009 Surfside Serenity
Kevin K 6 April 2012 Surfside Serenity
 
     
 

Significant April Dates in AA History

April 1, 1966 - Sister Ignatia died.
April 3, 1960 - Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J., died. He was Bill W's "spiritual sponsor."
April 3, 1941 - First AA meeting held in Florida.
April 7, 1941 - Ruth Hock reported there were 1,500 letters asking
for help as a result of the Saturday Evening Post Article by Jack
Alexander.
April 10, 1939 - Publication date of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA's Big Book and the first ten copies arrived at the office Bill and Hank P shared.
April 11, 1941 - Bill and Lois finally found a home in Bedford Hills, NY. They originally named it "Bill-Lo's Break" and later renamed it "Stepping Stones."
April 16, 1973 - Dr. Jack Norris presented President Nixon with the
one millionth copy of the Big Book.
April 20, 1951 - AA's first General Service Conference was held at the Hotel Commodore, New York City
April 24, 1940 - Bill and Hank transfer their Works Publishing stock to the Alcoholic Foundation
April 26 or May 1, 1939 - Bank forecloses on 182 Clinton Street; Bill and Lois' home-where Ebby brought Bill the message of recovery.
April 30, 1989 - Film "My Name is Bill W." a Hallmark presentation
was broadcast on ABC TV.
 
     
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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