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Advanced Techniques for Sponsorship Avoidance (by Jacqui H.)
When I entered the sanctuary of Alcoholics Anonymous I was full of arrogance, rage, and self-pity. And all of these defects were battling for...
Allowing the Process to Work (by Mary S.)
When I first came into the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I couldn't identify with much of what I heard at meetings. Everyone was very loving and...
Stepping Out of the Past (by Bob B.)
After eighteen years of a very unstable marriage and three children, my wife decided she'd had enough and wanted a divorce. I'd heard this numerous...
Paradoxes of Sobriety (by Joe H.)
September 17, 1997 marked my thirty-second year in this great Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In all those years, if I've had any bad days, I can...
Help! (by Val J.)
At my very first AA meeting I heard two words that really scared me: "sobriety," which sounded so cold and antiseptic, and "God," which simply...
Live Skunk in the Middle of the Road (by Peggy B.C.)
Elaine and I had just spent two hours sitting by the lake close to my home, talking about her despair over drinking again. She had asked me to...
The Happiest Years of My Life (by C.C.)
I love AA birthdays. I'm thrilled when a group helps a member celebrate an anniversary in sobriety by lighting a candle for each year and singing, "...
Resentments Under Construction (by Anonymous)
My first year sober taught me that I could stay sober through anything. My second year sober taught me to call on other people. My third year sober...
Close Shave (by Anonymous)
In the fall of 1971, I was on my usual holiday drunk. It was the kind where I appreciated being able to go to a bar and not feel uncomfortable...
What We Share (by Rob S.)
Early in my sobriety, I heard an old-timer talk about how the path had gotten narrower as he had stayed sober. At that point, everything was still...