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Those Four-letter Words (by W. H.)
When I began speaking from the podium at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, I felt inadequate both as an AA member and as a human being. It didn't seem...
An Equal Amount of Grace (by Mark G.)
Many of the slogans that we use in AA have been helpful to me as I continue to take the actions that are the Steps of the program of Alcoholics...
All the Way Into the Middle of AA (by Anonymous)
When we need a coffee maker or a greeter at my home group, I'm usually the one to give the pitch, since I'm the wounded but not quite bleeding deacon...
It Takes What It Takes (by Mel C.)
In 1974 I went to my family doctor in La Jolla to get my annual checkup. He asked if there was anything new that he needed to know about me, and of...
To Drink, or Not to Drink. . . (by Christopher K.)
Being a newcomer to Alcoholics Anonymous, I've often been confused when I hear people say, "I choose not to drink today." When I ask them about this...
Open Your Tool Kit (by Anonymous)
When I entered the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, ending my relationship with King Alcohol, I discovered I had a serious problem. I now had to deal...
Bread and Butter Sobriety (by W. H.)
"Why do you keep telling me to go to beginners meetings? I don't see any difference between them and other discussion meetings." Thus was I put on...
Keeping It Simple (by Fran D.)
I sobered up in a major Southwestern city at AA meetings held in a club. I was taken there one morning after trying to put an end to my shakes and my...
How Not to Drink on Airplanes (by Courtney G.)
Airplanes were always one of my favorite places to drink. You just sat back in your seat, relaxed, and drank. And what a beautiful view up there...
To Feel Or Not to Feel. . . (by Ernie K.)
Feelings! Honest, genuine feelings! Those are things I, as an alcoholic, tried to bury, deny or disguise. But when they persisted on rising to the...