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Facing the Future Without the Froth (by Marcia T.)
When I came to AA, they told me my higher power could be AA as a whole. They told me that a lot, because the only thing that bothered me about this...
Eye of the Hurricane (by Jim N.)
It is often said in AA that fear is the absence of faith. But my own experience has taught me that fear can be a stage of faith. It was fear that...
Keeping the Door Open (by Anonymous)
The Third Tradition has provided AA the basis for our survival and success. When considering changes and arguments about membership, we need always...
The Harder We Chased Them, the Faster They Ran (by Marie K.)
It came as a shock to most of my family when I went to AA. Both my grandmothers, along with my mother and several aunts, were active in the Women's...
Please Come Back--If You Can (by Bill F.)
"It's okay to go out and come back." How many times have I heard that in the past few years? Why not say, "If you do go out, please come back--if you...
The Fishing Guide, the Bartender, and Me (by Violet D.)
It was the second week of May 1945. I lived in Vallejo, California, and I was hung over and sick when I ran into an acquaintance, also a drunk, who...
My Name Is John and I'm an Alcoholic (by John N.)
I was born eighty-six years ago in a tough neighborhood known as the Brick Bottom section of Somerville, Massachusetts. We were very poor. I had a...
Paying the Price for Improvement (by Paul F.)
I am grateful to be in my twenty-first year of continuous sobriety. Looking back, it's truly amazing that I even made the first month. But my sponsor...
Touched By Grace (by A. Pauline B.)
In 1996 I celebrated two birthdays on June 26--my natal birthday and my AA birthday. I date my sobriety not from the date of my last drink but from...
Truth Unchanging (by Marie K.)
When I was twenty-one years old, my doctor told me some people could drink with safety and others could not. He said I was one of the ones who couldn...