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AROUND THE TABLES, I have learned, not only by shared experience, but also through AA's Eleventh Step, that God's will for me is not to take the...
Sicker Quicker (by M. H.)
THREE YEARS ago, I threw in the towel. I was sick and tired of fighting the depressions, the bottle, and life itself. I admitted defeat and was as...
Do We Really Care? (by B. M.)
THE MEETING I attend most regularly (that makes it my home group, I suppose) is the one closest to where I live in the suburbs of a sprawling...
PO Box 1980 (by B. C.)
"If it works, don't fix it" is an expression I hear from time to time when visiting local AA groups that don't hold Step meetings. My own home group...
Sponsor Relationships (by E. S.)
ONE SPONSOR plus one group equals sobriety! That's what was suggested to me in my first week. However, I often saw some other newcomer claim four or...
Getting Into Action (by R. G.)
THE NIGHT before I made my first AA meeting, I made a promise to God as I understood Him. I had hit bottom (although I didn't know those words yet),...
A Great Loss Made Him Even More Grateful for AA (by J. V. B.)
AFTER NEARLY forty years of drinking followed by over seven years of happy sobriety, I found I had fallen into a certain degree of complacency. I was...
Bill Collector (by J. V.)
WHEN PEOPLE owe money, I pick up the phone. Many of you have gotten a call from me, or from my colleagues. I'm a bill collector, and I'm good at my...
Learning to Identify (by A. J.)
IT'S AMAZING how often we AAs repeat words and phrases from the Big Book in meetings and in talking to one another and never really seem to hear what...
Twenty-five Thousand Sober Alcoholics (by Anonymous)
AFTER THE International Convention in Denver in 1975, my nonalcoholic (Al-Anon) wife was trying to explain to a civilian friend why she had had such...