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No Way But Up

He found himself out of job, drunk, and living under an overpass


I arrived in AA in September of 1969. I was 27 years old. At first, those who greeted me at my first meeting thought I was much older. I had long hair that was dirty and matted, my face was covered with cuts and bruises in various stages of healing and what few teeth I had were tobacco-stained and... Read more

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The April Issue of Grapevine Is Here!

This month's special section features stories from AA members with double digit sobriety


Once we get past early sobriety and begin to build busy, sober lives, some of us face new challenges. We prepare ourselves, the "Twelve and Twelve" says, "for the adventure of a new life." But then comes the "acid test" our co-founder, Bill W., writes about: "Can we stay sober, keep in emotional... Read more

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A New Kind of Love

In sobriety, she learned how to love herself and others


I'm sitting at the base of Greylock Mountain, in Atlanta, Idaho. It's very quiet and I have the gift of this opportunity to contemplate. Soon, I will have my three-year sobriety birthday. It doesn't sound like long, but it's not been easy for me. I am one who has had to work at it. It took lots of... Read more

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“Sobriety is precious! A fact I didn’t know until I had some.”

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