This is the official website 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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Should the Big Book be Changed?

There seems to be an interest by some members of the General Service Office to make changes / rewrite, the Big Book. Below you will see a letter that had been sent to select members of our fellowship. It was brought to our attention at the January Area Assembly.
Along with the letter, there are questions to be answered. We ask that you make your voice heard, whether for or against changes, and answer those question and email them back to GSO:

"Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it."
(Preface to the 4th Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous)

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In-person Meeting on the SANDY Beach
~~~Saturdays @ 8:00 am~~~

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Rick Seltzer Park Beach Access, 7419 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach Ample free parking, restrooms, we meet just over the dunes, to the left of the stairs

Open Meeting-bring your own chair and coffee!
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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 June Dates in AA History
June 1, 1949 - Anne Smith, Dr. Bob's wife, died.
June 10,1935 - The date that is celebrated as Dr. Bob's last drink and the official founding date of AA.
June 16, 1938 - Jim B, "The Vicious Cycle" in Big Book, had his last drink.
June 18, 1940 - One hundred attended the first meeting in the first AA clubhouse at 334-1/2 West 24th St., New York City.
June 21, 1944 - The first Issue of the AA Grapevine was published.
June 25, 1939 - The New York Times reviewer wrote that the Big Book is "more soundly based psychologically than any other treatment I have ever come upon."
June 26, 1935 - Bill D. (AA #3) entered Akron's City Hospital for his last detox and his first day of sobriety. Dr. Bob and Bill W visited Bill D at the hospital two days later.
June 30, 1941 - Ruth Hock showed Bill Wilson the Serenity Prayer and it was adopted readily by AA.
June 30, 2000 - More than 47,000 from 87 countries attended the opening meeting of the 65th AA Anniversary in Minneapolis, MN.
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