Stories from the 1980s

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A Shocking Awakening WHO WOULD have imagined that, after I had taken Steps One through Five and worked on most of the others, Step Six would become the cliff-hanger? After nearly a year's sobriety, I was doing fair at managing my life with the help of my Higher Power,... G. H. July 1980
With the Aid of AA, My Life Took Another Path I AM DEFINITELY an alcoholic. I drank for fifteen years before I got sober. I started at the age of fourteen, and from the very start, every time I drank, I would drink to get drunk, and every time I got drunk, I got into trouble with the law. I... J. M. July 1980
A Rose Blooms Within THIS IS a lovely time of day--5:20 AM--that I have been given free to live. It wasn't always like this. I go back to a morning in late September 1936 when the world seemed very dreary and dark, even on a sunny day. In my teens, I was already trying... V. H. July 1980
If They Can Do It, I Can Do It WHEN I WAS on the outside, I thought that I was a happy man, because I was living in a false world of my own. I drove a truck long-distance. I drank and took pills in just about every town or city that I was in. It made me feel that I was king of... M. J. July 1980
A Reason for Living I BELONG TO the Vision Group here in the Collins Bay institution. I don't wish to go into detail about why I'm serving a four-year sentence for manslaughter, but I would like to share some of the experiences that have happened to me since I've... R. D. July 1980
No Price Tag on Benefits THE GROUP is asked by the chairman to please stand, and he says, "We will open this meeting with the Serenity Prayer." Sounds like the opening of an AA meeting anywhere, right? It could be, but this is the way the Recovery Group starts its AA... R. M. July 1980
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. Dr. Gerardo Gonzales, director of the alcohol abuse prevention... The Big Issue January 1980
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. The United States Brewers Association in Washington has begun... New York Times January 1980
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. William J. McCord, director of the South Carolina Commission on... The Big Issue January 1980
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. WASHINGTON, D.C.--Beer-drinking Americans are being exposed to... UPI January 1980