2018 Holiday Greeting from the Back to Basics “Team”
2018 can be best described as a year of transition as we expanded
our horizons and made numerous new and improved presentations. Our
“marching orders” for the year have been:
“They are coming in younger and younger and sicker and sicker
and in order to save their lives, we must get them through the Steps
quicker and quicker.” (Wally P.)
As a result of this change in focus, our seminars, workshops, and
meeting formats have become even more effective. The feedback has
been overwhelmingly positive. It is beyond our wildest dreams that Back
to Basics, Back
to the Basics of Recovery, and Basic
Recovery have become such important programs throughout the
world for overcoming addictive and compulsive behaviors.
In addition to the seminars, workshops, and presentations we made
this year, we used Skype and Russian translators to take members of
the recovery community in St. Petersburg and Moscow through the
Steps. We also conducted a Skype sponsorship workshop in St.
We presented Back
to the Basics of Recovery in Iceland in support of the
Icelandic translation of the book along with the “Fifty Key
Paragraphs” handout we use to take newcomers through the steps
“quickly and often.” The Icelanders converted the “Fifty Key
Paragraphs” into a small, pocket sized pamphlet that is being used
throughout the country.
Also, in our travels we met the team that is translating Back to the
Basics of Recovery into Norwegian and the lady who had translated Back
to Basics into French two years ago. We are planning visits
to Norway and France in 2019.
We are in the process of converting the Spanish translation of the Back
to Basics book into Kindle and Nook versions so they can be
distributed to those in need at a price they can afford, considering
the per capita income of those living in Mexico, Central America,
and South America.
Some of our new programs include:
Basic Recovery is
for all addictive and compulsive behaviors. This is typically a 2
½-3 hour mid-week workshop or an all-day (10:00 am to 3:30 pm)
seminar during which attendees take ALL Twelve
Steps using the Surrender, Sharing, Amends and Guidance format.
Attendees include treatment center alumni and members of ALL Twelve-step
recovery programs. For these workshops and seminars, we use the “Big
Book” with passages converted to gender neutral and modified for all
addictive and compulsive behaviors. Basic
Recovery has also been adapted for
those who are incarcerated and those in drug court, or other
In the Symbols
of Recovery workshop, we use the square,
triangle, circle and red cross to rep-resent the recovery process.
Because it is an introduction to the Steps, this 1-1 ½ hour workshop
was originally designed for those in their first 30 days of
treatment. However, we have presented this workshop many times to
the entire recovery community.
Basic Recovery for Co-dependency is
for family members of the addict or obsessive/ compulsive. This
presentation is typically a 2 ½-3 hour mid-week workshop or an
all-day (10:00 am to 3:30 pm) seminar during which family members
take the Four Spiritual Activities of Surrender, Sharing, Amends and
Guidance using modified “Big Book” passages and supplemental
The Sponsorship book is being revised one more time before
publication. We are adding a chapter on “Skype or Telephone
Sponsorship” as well as a chapter on “Women Sponsoring Women.”
For additional information on our life-saving efforts, please
contact us at our Tucson, Arizona World Headquarters (our garage).
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Wally P TV and Radio Interviews at Mississippi State
University for 11/28/17 Back to the Basics of Recovery Workshop
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All DVD's and CD's
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browse or . . .
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The Window of Opportunity
"Step takers, not meeting makers,
make it. Meeting makers make meetings. Step Takers make a difference."
- Wally P
Since the release of the Back to
Basics book in 1997, more than 700,000 have been through this "original"
Beginners' Meetings format from the 1940's that produced a 50-75%
recovery rate during the early days of the recovery movement. We are
seeing similar results today in the more than 7,000 meetings held each
week. Click here
for a meeting in your area.
B. Article Titled, What has Happened . . . ?
Considered by many to be A.A.’s Wake-up
“. . . The alcoholics who participated
in the writing of the “Big Book” didn't wait (to take the
steps). They took the Steps in the first few days following
their last drink. Thank God, there are those in our Fellowship,
like Joe and Charlie, Wally, etc., who have recognized the
problem and have started doing something about it. They are
placing the focus back on the “Big Book.”
Wally P. has no royalty arrangement with AA Back to Basics and receives NO income from any literature he
has published nor from CDs / DVDs he has produced. He insists that
is his Twelfth Step work for which he cannot be paid.
We thank you for your interest in our life-saving
Back to Basics A.A. seminars.
If you would like Wally or one of his protege's to conduct a Basics A.A. Seminar in your area, please click on
How to Host a Back to Basics Workshop and then contact
Brit S. at:
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Back to Basics Meetings now listed in 40 (41 actually)
out of 50 States, 5 other countries with 5 out of 10
provinces in Canada!
To add your A.A. Beginners'
to the website just email us the
information, including where (name and address of
location), when (day of the week and time), and contact
(phone number and/or email address). Attach a
flyer if you like.
Back to Basics has exploded with
hundreds of new meetings and groups during the past few
many of which are
not listed on this site.
Please send us your meeting information
and we will post it as soon as possible.
Click below on a state or location near you to
find the nearest meeting to you... (the list is
growing almost daily now)
Meeting in New Haven
Updated flyer (pdf)
Time for meeting in Van Nuys CA
meeting for Garland TX
Gibb Mansion Meeting
Meeting in Florence KY
Meeting in Washburn WI
The Deerfield Beach Fl meeting (The Bottom
Line Group) is now the
Pompano Beach Fl meeting
(Click the link for the new location details)
5 Meetings added!
Glen Allen VA
UPDATED! Meeting since 1999!
note: I do not believe in 'making money out of A.A.'
Any proceeds from this book, after out of pocket expenses are met, will be used to
distribute books at no cost to individuals and groups who cannot afford to buy them."
Tradition 5. Each
group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still
After receiving notification from the General Service Office about
our mission statement, the Board of Directors of the Back to Basics Foundation met in a
special session and voted to change the wording of the statement so it would be in
compliance with the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Board also voted to move all materials pertaining to other Twelve Step programs to
separate web sites, so there would be no confusion about the primary purpose of the Back
to Basics Foundation.
We ask for your patience in this matter because, at the present time, we have no means to
accomplish this objective. We have no paid employees, and continue to operate with a
negative cash flow. If it is God's will, there will be sufficient individual
donations to make the wishes of the Board of Directors a reality.
The Back to Basics Foundation is a 501 (C) 3, not-for-profit Corporation dedicated to
saving the lives of alcoholics. Our modified mission statement is listed below.
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Mission Statement - Who
The Back to Basics Foundation is dedicated to
saving the lives of alcoholics by showing them the sheer simplicity of the
"original" A.A. program of recovery and by guiding them through the Twelve Steps
as they were taken by many of the A.A. pioneers in the 1940's. During this period of
time, the A.A. recovery rate from alcoholism was 50-75%. We are seeing similar
results today for those who are willing to remain
involved with the Back to Basics A. A. Beginners' meetings for three to six months.
We accomplish our objective by coordinating the recovery efforts of the numerous Back to
Basics A.A. Beginners' meetings and groups, answering questions as they arise, following
up on Twelfth Step calls, and assisting groups with their registration at the local, area,
and General Service Offices. We also conduct one day and weekend seminars based on
the Back to Basics A.A. program and distribute recovery literature and other materials on
the A.A. Beginners' meetings.
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