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Step One: Gateway to Freedom (by Anonymous)
Lying face down on my dirty living room carpet, hands manacled behind my back, I listened as the sheriff's deputies ransacked my home looking for...
Lock Me Up, Please (by Mike D.)
At a meeting recently, a woman raised her hand and said that she'd gotten drunk the previous evening because of problems with her husband. Probably...
How Deep Does Your Sobriety Go? (by Rick S.)
I am a sailor on a submarine here on the East Coast. I went through treatment in San Diego in 1980 at the Navy's request. I believed I was an...
The Joy Is in the Journey (by B.J.B.)
Eighteen years ago I made a beginning in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. For nine years I'd hidden literature about AA in my bureau drawer...
My Sobriety Was Up in the Air (by Linda H.)
I can still remember my desperation as I stood in my hotel room in Atlanta one Saturday morning in late August 1990. Out loud I said, "God, please...
Under the Circumstances (by Sam H.)
"How you doing tonight?" the old-timer asked. "Fine. . .under the circumstances," I answered. He laughed and shook his head. "What in the world are...
Doing the Next Right Thing (by Rick H.)
I was out of the treatment center a day, two days, a week--I can't remember. What I can remember is that I was scared. I was at home, sitting on the...
Three Strikes--And You're In! (by Claire S.)
The harsh reality of my sobriety is that I've relapsed a couple of times. Now, on my third entry into AA, after a lot of soul searching, I'm more...
Till Death Do Us Part (by Nadia S.)
So you just got sober and now you have to go to a wedding where everyone will be drinking a lot. You family doesn't think you're alcoholic and keeps...
Once a Pickle, Never a Cucumber (by Lou H.)
The Big Book tells us that no real alcoholic can ever drink normally again. It is full of accounts by all sorts of alcoholics who vainly tried to...