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 October

Richard D 36 1 Oct 1983 Port St Joe Serenity
Melanie L 2 1 Oct 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Shari K 2 2 Oct 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Melody T 2 21 Oct 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Libby N 2 22 Oct 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Tootie L 7 30 Oct 2012 Beach Unity Group
Allie G 5 25 Oct 2014 Beach Unity Group
Nick B 4 Oct 2015 Frantic Serenity Group
Terri M 33 1 Oct 1986 Nooners Group
Rebecca 2 1 Oct 2017 Nooners Group
Lena M 2 23 Oct 2017 Nooners Group
Charlie M 22 1 Oct 1997 Surfside Serenity Group
Significant October Dates in AA History
Oct 1, 1957 - Book "A.A. Comes of Age" published
Oct 5, 1988 - Lois Burnam Wilson died.
Oct 6, 1941 - 900 dine at Cleveland dinner for Bill D, AA #3.
Oct. 9-11, 1969 - 1st World Service meeting held in New York with delegates from 14 countries.
Oct 17, 1935 - Ebby T, Bills sponsor, moves in with Bill and Lois.
Oct 20, 1928 - Bill wrote promise to Lois in family Bible to quit drinking. By Thanksgiving added second promise.
Oct 21, 1939 - Cleveland Plain Dealer begins series of articles on AA of by Elrick Davis.
Oct 1936 - Bill C. a Canadian alcoholic staying at Bill's house, committed suicide using a gas stove.
Oct 1944 - First non American branch started in Sydney, Australia by Father T V Dunlea & Rex.
Oct 1951 - Lasker Award given to AA by American Public Health Assoc.
Oct 1954 - The "Alcoholic Foundation" renamed the "General Service Board of A.A."
  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!  
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Storm Stories

New Story! Do you have a Recovery Story about Hurricane Michael that you would like to share? We would love to hear it! Many of us were caught by surprise on October 10th and the following days were amazing in many, many ways. We witnessed amazing compassion and sharing. We were tested with destruction and hardship that most people are fortunate enough not to have to endure but endure we did, and along the way we were shown that we were not alone. Our Higher Power provided the power and the means to recover and little by little our Fellowship came back. We are sharing those stories here and if you would like to contribute send your story to: and we will post it on our Storm Story page. Read the stories HERE


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