If a mere code of morals…

…or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome our problem, many of us would have recovered long ago….

Lack of power…

…that was our dilemma.  We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously.

“Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.”


The Big Book of
Alcoholics Anonymous

FOREWORD TO FIRST ED. This is the Foreword as it appeared in the first printing of the first edition in 1939. 

WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.  To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.  For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.

“No human power could have relieved our….”

All 12 Steps and Traditions in One Weekend….

For SAA and SAA Families & Friends, incl. COSA & S-Anon

The Study

  • Separate tracks for SAA and SAA’s Family & Friends
  • On the SAA side: Interactive Big Book based Q&A Format
    • Experienced study leaders to stick closely to the text
    • Q&A format to encourage interactive exchange of insights on the “clear-cut directions” the book contains
    • Learn from the Big Book 12 Steps and 12 Traditions how to grow in understanding and effectiveness
  • On the Families & Friends side (incl. COSA & S-Anon):
    • Recovered sponsors give an overview of the 12 steps using the Big Book
    • We will cover what the real Problem is, what the Solution is, and how to take the necessary action to recover
    • Go from miserable to living happy, joyous, and free
  • Between sessions: Informal Q&A in Group Discussion setting
    • Get answers about the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
    • Hear recovery experience taking 12 Steps from Big Book
    • Enjoy food and fellowship with friends from all over U.S.
    • Meet volunteers willing to assist one-on-one in step-work
    • Enjoy free time to read, do step-work, or meditate
  • See Schedule: Optional Saturday evening plated dinner includes the (volunteer) “We’re Not A Glum Lot” Talent Show

“That God could and would if He were sought.”


Melissa – Family Member of Sex Addict

I “played god” attempting to make others happy. When my craving for approval required desperate measures, I began plotting my death. I was willing to go to any lengths for a spiritual solution and followed my sponsor’s instructions with the 12 steps. Now when I feel disturbed, I focus on giving and am free from seeking approval from others.

William – SAA

I was struggling in early sobriety.  I came across the idea of working the Steps out of the Big Book in an SAA telemeeting.  A sponsor from that meeting took me through the Steps in about four weeks.  Since then, regular meetings that use this Q&A format to study the Book have helped me stay in the solution, even if it seemed impersonal at first.

I am sober more than a year now.


This retreat is planned, produced, and sponsored by members of SAA in the SAA telemeetings community (see saatalk.info, saapp.org , and sanonpp.com )–including SAA family & friends, COSA, and S-Anon–who regularly attend some of the same telemeetings, particularly Big Book Study telemeetings. Many of us are members of local SAA face-to-face groups when distances allow (see saa-recovery.org/meetings).

Members of the telemeetings join the calls from all points of the globe. The reach of the telemeetings is worldwide, but we rarely meet in person.  For that reason, choosing to meet for fellowship and study near a major airport allows many of us to make the trip.

ALL of SAA is invited, especially Dallas/Ft. Worth SAA. We would love for any member of SAA, including SAA Family & Friends, COSA, or S‑Anon, who understands or wants to know more about the unique contribution of the AA Big Book to our fellowship and our sobriety to join us.