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 August

Andy P 36 1 August 1982 Port St Joe Serenity
Julie S 2 8 August 2016 Port St Joe Serenity
Joe S 2 22 August 2016 Port St Joe Serenity
Logan L 1 8 August 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
Damon C 1 15 August 2017 Port St Joe Serenity
David R 39 22 August 1979 Beach Unity Group
Jerry B 25 25 August 1993 Beach Unity Group
Tim G 3 28 August 2015 Beach Unity Group
Sol W 6 August 2012 Frantic Serenity Group
Kim H 3 August 2015 Frantic Serenity Group
April C 3 August 2015 Frantic Serenity Group
Jackie B 2 August 2016 Frantic Serenity Group
Marty D 28 August 1990 Frantic Serenity Group
Pamela R 1 August 2017 Frantic Serenity Group
Pam S 14 1 August 2004 Lynn Haven Group
Jacki L 30 21 August 1988 Lynn Haven Group
Traci V 9 29 August 2009 Surfside Serenity Group
 
     
 

Significant August Dates in AA History

Aug 8, 1879 - Dr. Bob born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Aug 9, 1943 - LA groups announce 1000 members in 11 groups.
Aug 11, 1938 - Akron & NY members begin writing stories for Big Book.
Aug 16, 1939 - Dr Bob and Sister Ignatia admit 1st alcoholic to St Thomas Hospital, Akron, Ohio.
Aug 18, 1988 - 1st Canadian National AA Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Aug 19, 1941 - 1st AA Meeting in Colorado is held in Denver.
Aug 28, 1954 - "24 Hours a Day" is published by Richmond W. and the Daytona Beach AA Group.
Aug 1934 - Rowland H and Cebra persuade court to parole Ebby T. to them.
Aug 1939 - Dr. Bob wrote & may have signed article for Faith magazine.
Aug 1981 - Distribution of the Alcoholics Anonymous book passes 3 million.
 
     
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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