Old-Timers

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Part of something big (by Allison D. )
When I got sober 25 years ago, I was working at a state capitol building in the northeast. It was my dream job and I was in the process of applying...
Dust and Polish (by Emily S.)
Today, as I turn 58, I am the proud owner of very few possessions. In fact, in the last few years I've lost, donated or sold 90% of the possessions I...
One room at a time (by Mary O.)
I’ve heard it said that we can do anything “one day at a time.” I’ve lived that way for many years in sobriety. Taking it one step at a time,...
Like a warm bath (by Snow P.)
I am so busy all the time. I have my husband of 31 years, my three children, my own travel company, women I sponsor, my AA commitments and my...
Welcome back, sucker (by Larry K.)
I’ve been sober 24 of the past 26 years. Before finding AA, I had lost my business and my home and I was living on the streets. I ate other peoples’...
Out of the foxhole (by Patrick D.)
I got sober in March 1991, five days after my 23rd birthday. I still remember sitting at a bar in Portland, Maine, drinking that final gin and tonic...
Shakin' it up (by Derek R.)
One of the toughest changes I’ve had to make in sobriety is my home group. It came after watching a badly needed group inventory that brought out...
A Long Overdue Amends (by Anonymous)
This is the 25th year of my freedom from alcohol. As I write this, I’m in a wonderful little motel, trying to make long overdue amends to my poor old...