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.


The Lynn Haven Group meeting

will meet at Serenity Junction, 922 Jenks Ave, on Friday April 12th @ 6pm and Saturday April 13th @ 7pm. This is for April 12th & 13th only, they will be back at their usual place after that.


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

!!! Location Change !!! !!! Location Change !!!

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

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