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Kindred spirits (by PAM P.)
I have been sober in Alcoholics Anonymous for 20 years. I got sober in the Westside Alano Club on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. It was within...
Who I want to be (by DWIGHT E.)
By the time I was 18, I was a daily drinker. I graduated from a vocational high school and got a job working in a steel mill. I met a girl at church...
Garage opener (by CLARDY S.)
It all started about five years ago. I was attending 7 A.M. meetings "on the porch" in Jupiter, next to the lighthouse. I began to notice a fellow...
Tiger in the tank (by John W.)
God told me to talk about a kitten at an AA meeting. I was married to an active alcoholic. When I first got sober, I criticized her drinking and...
Detox diary (by Mary J.)
This is not going to work", I mumbled, as I followed my son up the snowy walkway to the entrance of the treatment center in Manitoba. It was two days...
My home group
When I first came to AA . . . the home group was where I was welcomed, where I felt safe and at home at last. . . . I was told to sit up front so I...
Drinking's no fun anymore (by Charlie J.)
I REMEMBER thinking, You really are an alcoholic. It was Good Friday; I had the day off. A friend asked if I would help demo a house he had bought....
They Stopped in Time
Among today's incoming AA members, many have never reached the advanced stages of alcoholism, though given time all might have. Most of these...
Grounded (by ANONYMOUS)
I believe I was already an alcoholic when I joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964, at 20 years of age. The military life had many advantages...
STOPPING THE PAIN (by CHERYL O.)
WHEN I first came into AA I wanted to die. I hated life and everyone around me, and was sure that you hated me too. I wanted the pain to stop, but I...