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Sober in Kokomo

A relapse during his retirement in Florida brought him home


I drank hard for nearly 20 years from the age of 16 until I was 35. I had started trying to control my drinking when I was about 27. It was around then that I could no longer predict what would happen, how much I would drink, or where I'd wind up. My wife and I got married in 1962. I made a living... Read more

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The December Issue of Grapevine Is Here

This month's special section features stories about how AAs stay sober and do service during the holiday season


The holidays are a time for laughter, joy and fellowship. But they also can be stressful for alcoholics. Thanks to AA, we have ways to help us navigate parties and family gatherings—tools to help us with our loneliness, to help lower our expectations and remind us to reach out to others. This month... 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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