Stories from the 1990s

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The Enemy I Never Knew I have been in AA for two-and-a-half years. To say my life has changed would be an understatement of the first magnitude. Twenty-one years ago, at age twenty-one, I stood in front of a judge in Georgia, and heard him sentence me to forty-five years... Mike P. August 1990
The 'Ex' Factor Prison. For me that word used to mean deep, deep shame. It was so unmentionable that it took me three and a half years to admit and accept that I am an ex-con. Now I can look at the word and say it out loud and really see those first two letters--ex... Gloria S. August 1990
Sober Reality After one year and eight months of sobriety I had to go to court. That morning as I got out of bed I thought if I called and said I was sick I could postpone it again. The date for sentencing had been put off numerous times by the lawyers and each... Keith B. August 1990
An Impressive Approach The chairperson called for order while some twenty of the eighty members present demanded the microphone. Suddenly a man with a bullhorn voice shouted above the din. "Mister Chairman, I don't like your attitude!" He wasn't joking. A sudden hush... Vic M. August 1990
The Only Hands God Has I was sent to prison in 1967 when I had been in AA for about two years. My sponsor sent me. He said it would be good for me. Good for me? A middle-aged, middle-class clerk who hardly knew a hard-boiled man from a hard-boiled egg and would not have... Peter M. August 1990
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. A coalition of 22 Black, Latino, and health organizations urged... The Alcoholism Report January 1990
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 results of a recent study indicate that there is now widespread... R. Caetano March 1990
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. Most leaders in the addiction field believe doctors can play a key... Harvey McConnell March 1990
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. Significant variations in menstrual flow and cycle length among... Drug and Alcohol Dependence March 1990
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 largest study to date on the use of lithium to treat depressed... Journal of the American Medical Ass March 1990