Albuquerque Alcoholics Anonymous

Story Solicitation for the Fifth Edition of the Big Book

The General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous is asking for stories to be considered for inclusion in the 5th Edition of the English-language and the 4th Edition of the Spanish-language Big Book.

The Preface to the Second Edition of the Big Book explains that revisions to the personal history section of the book were made in order “to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more Alcoholics.” In that spirit, the 2021 General Service Conference recommended that “a Fifth Edition of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, be developed, including an update of stories to better reflect the current membership, keeping in mind the 1995 Advisory Action:

“The first 164 pages of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Preface, the Forewords, ‘The Doctor’s Opinion’, ‘Dr. Bob’s Nightmare”, and the Appendices remain as is.”

In response to the 2021 General Service Conference Advisory Action requesting the development of a Fifth edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, the trustees’ Literature Committee is seeking a wide range of A.A. recovery experience of members in the Fellowship. The trustees’ Literature Committee is searching for recovery stories of our members for possible inclusion in the Fifth Edition which are from a broad cross-section of our local communities, all stories are of value. As Bill writes on page 29 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous: “Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will persuaded to say, ‘Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.’”
It is the Literature Committee’s shared hope that any new stories from our current membership will help future alcoholics to identify and find recovery in the pages of a Fifth edition. The suggested format for typed manuscripts is 3500 words, double spaced, in 12-point font. Handwritten manuscripts should be approximately 5 to 6 pages.

Instructions for submitting your story (English language) may be found at this website.

Central Office Needs an Alternate Coordinator

Our Central Office Alternate Coordinator, Maralyn E., is moving on to pursue career opportunities in her professional field. Maralyn has had a powerful, positive impact on the Albuquerque Central Office operation and appearance. Having been hired during a very challenging time – pandemic, sudden loss of the coordinator, multiple changes to the Steering Committee –  Maralyn exceeded everyone’s expectations. As a result of her efforts the Central Office now has a comprehensive training program, fully stocked literature inventory and professional retail space. We will really miss her.

We are now seeking to fill this important 8th Tradition role with a qualified candidate.

Candidates should have a minimum of two (2) years of continuous sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.  While it is recognized that length of sobriety is not always a measure of the quality of that sobriety, this position demands significant familiarity with the A.A. message of recovery and the traditions of A.A.

You should also be a member of a listed A.A. group, have previous experience working at Central Office, and have a good understanding of its overall structure, and traditions of A.A. as they apply in everyday situations.

If you are interested in filling this vital role, please submit your application to Central Office at:

Central Office of Albuquerque
1921 Alvarado Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

or by email at

Printing Error in Recent Editions of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”

A.A. World Services tells us of an error in recently-printed English-language editions of the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The Spanish- and French-language editions do not have this error.

According to them, “Due to a typographical error, the text of the Long Form of Tradition Eight was inadvertently repeated in the Long Form of Tradition Nine (page 177) in this edition. The accurate full text of Tradition Nine (Long Form) appears on page 178.”

The full statement regarding the printing error may be found here.