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How Do You Sponsor Effectively in Alcoholics Anonymous? Ask Wally P!
An article by Michael Levin

If you would like for us to conduct a seminar for your Treatment Facility, Alumni Services Program, Recovery Center, or Twelve-step Community, please let us know.

E-mail:     FWWPCO: 520-297-9348

Our initial Basic Recovery Zoom Seminars have been such a success that they are now an integral part of our life-saving work. We’ve been conducting seminars and workshops since 1995.
Click here for a partial list of them.

The Listening to God Pamphlet: Wally P. and the AA Pioneers

to view on YouTube click here.
K.I.S.S. Recovery 101 ...Back to the Basics of Recovery


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Streamed live on Jun 5, 2022 Wally Patton joins us tonight!!! Author of the well known book Back to the Basics, taking you through the 12 Steps as they were originally in the 1940's. Four 1 Hour Sessions, all steps when the label of "Sponsor" didn't exist.  
Johanna D. & Amy D.
   of Recovery Capital

with Wally P. and Brit S.
April 2021

Click here to listen on Spotify

Listen to this episode from Recovery Capital on Spotify. Wally Paton is the originator of the Back-to-Basics Beginners’ Meetings, which have grown to more than 2,200 groups and produced more than 500,000 recoveries since its reintroduction into the 12-Step community in 1997.  Wally started his 12-Step spiritual journey on October 30, 1988.

Back to the Basics of Recovery is now available as an eBook at AMAZON.COM Click here to get your copy now!
To minimize confusion Back to the Basics of Recovery and How to Listen to God now have their own separate shopping carts!.
You can also visit us on Facebook!

Back to Basics-The Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners' Meetings



Download GSO approved guidelines for conducting
AA Back to Basics meetings: Part 1 and Part 2


You can help support Wally's writing efforts and the publication of some of the hundreds of thousands of pages of archival materials Wally has amassed over the decades by making a donation to FWWPCO.
Thank you.

Back to Basics Needs your Help
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 2022 Christmas Letter
  2019 Holiday Greeting Email

2018 Holiday Greeting
2017 Holiday Greeting from Wally P.
2017 B2B Team Picture
2017 Not Quite Abbey Road Picture


Wally P TV and Radio Interviews at Mississippi State University for 11/28/17 Back to the Basics of Recovery Workshop
3 Minute PSA
(Public Service Announcement)
22 Minute Radio
Clicking on any of the above links will open a new window and your computer's mp3 software will play the voice links (the first two) or your computer's mp4 software will play the video link. Once the clip completes, simply close the window and you will return to this page.

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Please send us the information and a flyer for your Back to Basics, Back to the Basics of Recovery, or How to Listen to God ZOOM meeting so we can post it here!
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Sunday Evenings:
Sep 12, 19, 26 & Oct 3, 2021
5:30PM – 6:30PM Eastern
Click here for info and flyer in PDF
Aug 21, 2021
Click here for flyer in PDF
Back to the Basics of Sponsorship
   with Carver B

Zoom Meeting ID: 899 9022 9331
         Passcode: 896504



Twelve Steps for the 21st Century

The Twelve Steps converted to conventional, everyday, gender neutral language, and edited for calrity and continuity.

  1. We admitted we (had a problem)--that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could (solve our problem).

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of (this Power).

  4. Made a searching and fearless . . . inventory of (our liabilities).

  5. Admitted to . . . another (person) the exact nature of our (liabilities).

  6. Were entirely ready to have (the Power) remove all (of our liabilities).

  7. Humbly asked (the Power) to remove our (liabilities and strengthen our assets).

  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

  9. Made . . . amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with (the Power greater than ourselves).

  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these (Steps), we tried to carry this message to (others) and to practice these (Steps in our daily) affairs.

Copyright: Faith With Works Publishing Company, Wally P., 2015 (Rev. 08/20)

"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.


During 2022 Wally P. may be conducting seminars and workshops throughout the United States
and around the world via ZOOM.

For details on the seminars listed below, click here
For a list of Wally P.'s Archival Presentations, just click here.
For a list of past seminars click here


2023 Back to Basics Seminars and Speaking Engagements
If you would like Wally to conduct a Back to Basics, How to Listen to God or a Back to the Basics of Recovery seminar in your area, 
please click on
How to Host a Back to Basics Workshop then
Brit S. at: 520-333-9798 or email at
Date Location/Contact Agenda
All times based on USA unless otherwise specified

October 9, 2023

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ZOOM Meeting
The workshop will last for 90 minutes with Q & A to follow

Zoom: 550-501-9905 no password required
Zoom Links: (

Come see how prayer and meditation were an integral part of the lives of the early pioneers!

Listening to the God-Consciousness Within
Workshop is open to all 12 Step Fellowships
Wally P. (archivist, historian, and author)  and
Brit S. (audio archivist, historian, and presenter)
will be ZOOM presenting 9 October at
6:30 pm GMT-UK & Ireland
7:30 pm GMT-Berlin
1:30 am MST-
12:30 am MST-USA CST
10:30 am MST-USA PST

The History and Evolution of the Eleventh Step - Prayer and meditation including the Oxford group & other fellowships. The How to Listen to God Pamphlet written by John Batterson, a friend of Dr. Bob’s. The Eleventh Step as written in the Big Book. And the rewrite of the Batterson Pamphlet “Listening to the God-Consciousness Within” by Wally P.

What has happened to our success rate?
Click on this article!
How to Receive Divine Guidance 
Here is a link to the YouTube presentation recording
and also you can click here for the Wally P Feedback on the Continuum of Recovery and How to Receive Divine Guidance letter.
Wally P Self Centeredness Anonymous Talk 2
Here is a link to the YouTube Self Centeredness recording


Latest Developments

  1. All DVD's and CD's have been moved to the "DVD's, CD's, and Other Digital Media" Bookstore. Click the link to browse or . . . 

    The Four Spiritual
    Activities Weekend

    Back to the Basics
    of Wellness

    The Greatest Spiritual
    Movement of the 20th
    Century-Volume 1

    The Greatest Spiritual
    Movement of the 20th
    Century-Volume 2
    Click on any of the CD's back covers above for info!

  2. "The Continuum of Recovery" graphic is completed - Article to follow

  3. Back to the Basics of Recovery 5 CD Pack is Available!
    Back to the Basics of Recovery
    Click the Pictures

  4. The Window of Opportunity 


Cliff B. Article Titled, What has Happened . . . ?
Published 07/23/2004
Considered by many to be A.A.’s Wake-up Call

“. . . 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 Back to Basics and receives NO income from any literature he has published nor from CDs / DVDs he has produced. He insists that this is his Twelfth Step work for which he cannot be paid.


We thank you for your interest in our life-saving Back to Basics, Back to the Basics of Recovery, and Back to the Basics of Sponsorship seminars.
If you would like Wally or one of his protege's to conduct a Seminar in your area, please click on
How to Host a Back to Basics Workshop and then contact Brit S. at: 520-333-9798 or email at

in Chino CA with Flyer (pdf)
in Lafayette NJ
West Sacramento CA with Flyer (pdf)


"Authors note: Any proceeds from the sale of these books, meeting leader guides, etc., 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."

Mission Statement - Who We Are

The Back to Basics Foundation is dedicated to saving the lives of alcoholics, addicts and obsessive compulsives by showing them the sheer simplicity of the "original" program of recovery and by guiding them through the Twelve Steps as they were taken by many of the pioneers in the 1940's. During this period of time, the recovery rate from addiction was 50-75%. We are seeing similar results today for those who are willing to remain involved with the Back to Basics Beginners' meetings for three to six months.

We accomplish our objective by coordinating the recovery efforts of the numerous Back to Basics Beginners' meetings and groups, answering questions as they arise and following up on Twelfth Step calls. We also conduct one day and weekend seminars based on the Back to Basics, Back to the Basics of Recovery, and How To Listen To God programs and distribute recovery literature and other materials on the Beginners' meetings.

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