New! - Back to the Basics of Recovery Meeting Leader Guide.

2015 version of the 1946 Back to Basics A.A. Beginners Meetings, specifically rewritten for use in treatment centers, aftercare facilities, half-way houses, recovery homes, correctional facilities, and Twelve-Step meetings.  PowerPoint slides are available to enhance the recovery experience.

This 150 page, three-ring binder contains all the materials necessary to take people through the Twelve Steps in four, forty-five minute sessions.  This Meeting Leader Guide has been modified to apply to all addictions / compulsive behaviors.  This is truly a program for �anyone or everyone interested in a (new) way of life.

This format is time-tested and effective.  Wally P. and others have been using this material for more than fifteen years to take hundreds of thousands through the Steps in seminars and workshops.

The five sections of the Meeting Leader Guide are:

  1. Session 1: Steps 1, 2 and 3.

  2. Session 2: Steps 4 and 5.

  3. Session 3: Steps 6, 7, 8 and 9.

  4. Session 4: Steps 10, 11 and 12.

  5. Handouts: Eighteen pages of materials for the attendees, including a simplified version of the Fourth Step inventory.

The Meeting Leader Guide has been renamed to avoid confusion between the two Twelve-Step formats:

  • Back to Basics: 1946 A.A. meeting format.

  • Back to the Basics of Recovery: 2015 format for all addictions

Coming Soon

Back to the Basics of Recovery Workbook

This companion to the Back to the Basics of Recovery Meeting Leader Guide is for the attendees at the Back to the Basics of Recovery sessions.

It contains everything needed to take all Twelve Steps in four, forty-five minute sessions.

The Tourniquet

Please keep in mind that Back to Basics is just the beginning of the recovery process.  It has been described by many as the �recovery tourniquet.�  It was put together by Dr. Bob and many of the A.A. pioneers to �stop the bleeding� long enough for the newcomer to recover and subsequently take the steps in more depth and detail.

Back to Basics AA Group Guidelines

Click on the links to download a PDF version

"New" (1945 Version) of the Assets and Liabilities Checklist

After three years of testing at various Back to Basics workshops and seminars, we have found, based on the feedback of thousands of people, that the 1945 version of the Assets and Liabilities Checklist is much easier to comprehend and implement than the 1946 version that has been in the Back to Basics book since 1997. Therefore we are providing you with new pages for your Meeting Leader Guide that you can print out, (one sided to two sided), three hole punch, and put into your existing binder.  We have also included the new handouts that you can print out and put into the plastic sleeves at the back of the binder.

There are three Back to Basics Meeting Leader Guides in use today.  The new pages are as follows (click to open a new window and  download):

A. Meeting Leader Guide (Original 1946 Format) (Yellow Cover)
     1.
Rewrite of pages 79-80, pages 91-94, and pages 99-100.
     2. New Fourth Step Inventory handouts.
          a. 4th Step A&L Checklist (blank)
          b. 4th Step Q&A
          c. 4th Step A&L Checklist (example of inventory)
          d. 4th Step A&L Checklist (example with 8th Step Amends)
     3. Two page explanation of the inventory and amends process.

B. Meeting Leader Guide (Original Format for use with PowerPoint 2010)
     1. Rewrite of pages 1-36.
     2. New Fourth Step Inventory handouts.
          a. 4th Step A&L Checklist (blank)
          b. 4th Step Q&A
          c. 4th Step A&L Checklist (example of inventory)
          d. 4th Step A&L Checklist (example with 8th Step Amends)
     3. Two page explanation of the inventory and amends process.

 

Updated Versions of Back to Basics and How to Listen to God Books now Available

The Back to Basics and How to Listen to God books have been updated.  The 1945 Fourth Step Assets and Liabilities Checklist has been incorporated into the Second Edition / Ninth Printing of the Back to Basics book.  If you would like to update your old B2B book (pg. 80, pg. 91-94, pg. 100, pg. 185 and pg. 186), click here.  Cut the downloaded pages to 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches and paste them over the old pages.  Now you have a Second Edition / Ninth Printing of the B2B book.

If you would like to update your old How to Listen to God book (pg. 199, and pg. 230-237), click here.  Cut the downloaded pages to 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches and paste them over the old pages.  Now you have a First Edition / Twelfth Printing of the HTLTG book.

Due to increased printing costs, we have been forced to raise the list price of the Back to Basics book from $14.00 to $16.00 and the list price of the How to Listen to God book from $18.00 to $19.00.  Since most people purchase these books at the wholesale price, your increase will be only half the retail price increase.  We appreciate your understanding in this manner.  We continue to lose money every month.  Hopefully this price increase will get us closer to breakeven so we can continue our life-saving work.

We would like to thank all those who have made donations to Faith with Works Publishing Company during the past year.  You have truly allowed us to keep the �doors open and the lights on."

Take the Twelve Steps of Recovery with Wally P. using the Back to Basics-101 DVD.

Let Wally P. guide you through the Twelve Steps during this 75 minute, life-changing DVD. Filmed in High Definition at the Arizona Public Media studios in Tucson, AZ, this is a state-of-the-art production that is both instructive and enlightening.

This is a DVD for newcomers and old-timers alike. You can watch it in its entirety or divide it into three segments: Surrender (Steps 1, 2 and 3); Sharing and Amends (Steps 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9); and Guidance (Steps 10, 11 and 12).

The accompanying CD contains twenty-four pages of PDF presentation materials for facilitators and handouts for participants. Here is everything you need to take or take others through the Steps "quickly and often."

This DVD has proven to be a life-saver for those having difficulty finding someone to take them through the Twelve Steps the way they were taken when we had a 50-75% recovery rate. Just follow the instructions on the DVD and let Wally be your "temporary sponsor."

As is the case with other Back to Basics materials, Wally P. receives no income form the sale of this DVD. Wally considers this to be part of his Twelfth Step work for which he cannot be paid.

On sale for just $65 plus shipping and handling!

To learn more, click here.

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  • Back to Basics at Richmond, Virginia Correctional Facilities

For more than ten years, the Back to Basics A.A. Beginners Meetings have been dramatically lowering the recidivism rate at various correctional facilities in the Richmond, Virginia area.  We are now making the one-hour DVD of this life-changing program, recorded on October 27-28, 2002, available on YouTube.   During this DVD, Wally P. and others interviewed the sheriff, mental health director, corrections officers, male and female participants, and alumni of the program.  From these interviews you can see for yourself why the Beginners Meetings are making such a difference in the lives of so many people who are incarcerated.

In addition, we have made PDF versions of the four newspaper articles written during this period of time about the success of the Back to Basics A.A. Beginners Meetings behind the walls. To view the one-hour DVD (coming soon) and to view/download/copy the four newspaper articles and an overview of the Back to Basics program in Richmond VA, click here.

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    The Back to Basics Foundation operates as a service entity for members of Alcoholics Anonymous. We take and follow-up on twelfth step calls, we print and distribute recovery literature, and just like many other service entities, we print an A.A. meeting list. We do this as a service to those members of A.A. who have asked us to let other members of the A.A. community know where they can attend A.A. meetings during which attendees TAKE all Twelve Steps.

    Listen to the Wally P. interview by Dr. Carol on Sept. 22, 2012
    (Interview from 8:00 min to 38:00 min)
    http://www.drcarolshow.com/DailyShows/Dr_Carol_Show_Sep_22_Hr_1.mp3

    The Fifty Key Paragraphs for taking a sponsee through the Twelve Steps in a couple of hours.

    Just paste the four peel and stick labels in the back of a miniature fourth edition "Big Book", highlight the paragraphs and you are now ready to guide anyone through the recovery process.

    Four pages per set - five sets per package.

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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 contact Shawn S. at: 520-297-9348.

During 2015 & 2016 Wally P. will be conducting seminars and workshops throughout the United States
and around the world.

For details on the seminars listed below, click here

For a list of past seminars click here

2015 Back to Basics Seminars and Speaking Engagements

June 26
Chattanooga, TN
History of AA
7:00-9:00pm
East Brainerd Club
8115 E Brainerd Rd
Suite 22
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Contact:
Lovie K (423) 503-3162
For a flyer, click here
June 27
Chattanooga, TN
Back to the Basics of Recovery
(Take the 12 Steps in 1 Day)

9:30am-4:30pm
Christ United Methodist Church
8845 E Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Contact:
Lovie K (423) 503-3162
For a flyer, click here
June 28
Chattanooga, TN
History of the 11th Step
11th Step Guidance Meeting

3:00-5:00pm
East Brainerd Club
8115 E Brainerd Rd
Suite 22
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Contact:
Lovie K (423) 503-3162
For a flyer, click here
June 29
Gallatin, TN
(Location to be Determined)
 July 1
Columbus, GA
(Location to be Determined)
July 2-5
Atlanta, GA
AA International Convention
 
July 17-19
White Haven, PA
Weekend Seminar
Hickory Run State Park
Hickory Run Big Book Campout
R.R. 1
White Haven, PA 18661

Contact:
Lorri B. (570) 379-2971 or 
Avis (570) 854-7659
For a flyer, click here
For a registration form, click here

For a Weekend Schedule click here
For additional information, go to www.aapracticetheseprinciplesgroup.org
July 20
Pittsburgh, PA
Back to the Basics of Sponsorship
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Onala Club
1625 W Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Contact:
Randy J (Club) (412) 471-8797
July 21
Baltimore, MD
Wally P. Tells His Story
7:00-8:00 pm
Gardenzia Inc.
3643 Woodland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
Contact:
Jim H. (410) 377-7216

July 22
Bowie, MD
Wally P. Tells His Story
7:00-8:00 pm
Champhouse Recovery Inc.
8655 Normal School Road
Bowie, MD 20715
Contact:
Jim H. (410) 377-7216

August 15
Fairbanks, AK
Back to the Basics of Recovery
8:00 am � 5:00 pm
Wally P. and Carver B.
Turning Point Counseling
315 5th Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Contact: Mark S. (907) 590-2189

August 21-23
Glendive, MT
Lower Yellowstone Soberfest -
Sponsorship Workshop / 11th Step Workshop
/ Wally P Tells His Story
Lions Youth Camp
Makoshika State Park
301 Snyder St.
Endive, MT 59330
Contact: Mark S. (907) 590-2189
For a flyer, click here

Sept 1
Astoria OR
(Location + Time to be Determined)
(Tentative)

October 1
Palm Springs CA
(Location + Time to be Determined)

October 3-8
Los Angeles Area
Southern California
(Various Locations)

October 9-11
Newport Beach, CA
Hosted by Northbound - Newport Beach, CA
(Location & Times to be Determined)
Oct 31-Nov 1
East Dorset, VT
The History of AA
The Wilson House
378 Village St
East Dorset, VT 05253
Contact:
(802) 362-5524

November 4
Peterborough, NH
(Tentative-Contingent on rest of travels)

  Nov 7-8
Portland, ME
Back to the Basics of the Big Book
(Location to be Determined)
 
     

2016 Back to Basics Seminars and Speaking Engagements

 
Feb 27-28
Boca Raton FL
Back to the Basics of Sponsorship /
 Eleventh Step Workshop
SonCoast Community Church
7500 E. Country Club Dr.
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Contact:
Herb R. (561) 504-6418
April
Windermere, BC
(Location + Time to be Determined)
(Tentative)
April
Gary IN

Back to the Basics of the Big Book
(Location + Time to be Determined)
(Tentative)
June 11-12, 2016
Denmark
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June 17-19, 2016
Samso Island Denmark
Lejrskolen Staunsfjord
Fjordvejen 15
DK 8305 SamsØ
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James H., the last link to the spiritual roots of the A.A. program, passed away in 2006 at 100 years of age and 71 years sober. Just like Bill W. and Dr. Bob, he was a member of both the Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Wally P. has no royalty arrangement with Faith With Works Publishing Company and receives NO income from the Back to Basics book. He insists that Back to Basics is Twelfth Step work for which no member of A. A. should be paid. So that every person, both inside and outside the recovery community, will know Wally's position on this matter, he has added the following statement to the "Acknowledgments" page of every Back to Basics book:

"Authors 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 suffers.

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 We Are

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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