March 2018 Table of Contents

Read the Letter from the Editor

On the Cover: AA and Families

On the edge
Through the smashed furniture and pain, he watched alcohol bring his family down. Then came his moment

Maybe it’ll work for me
Alcohol drove her and her father apart. Then one day she needed the hope he had

Doin' time with Aunt Suzy
I always felt alone growing up. I started drinking at age 12. By 19, I was dealing with legal issues, and by 24, I was on my way to prison

Watching over me
A powerful moment on the porch one day revealed that he was taken care of all along

Right behind me
I waited for Dad at the meeting and there he was. He stumbled up carrying everything he owned in a duffel bag

Drunk as Dad
Alcohol and chaos affected everyone in his house. And no one had the tools to tell the truth

Breaking the chain
I am so greatful that my children are sober and here helping others. And that's why I try to do 

Steps and Traditions
Relax your grip
On the beach, on a beautiful day in March, he took both hands and learned to let go

Let go of the reins
When I trust my Higher Power, I'm able to lift up my eyes in wonder at this incredible journey. I get to enjoy he ride

Kicked out already?
She was new and beginning to like going to AA, but this meeting said it was “closed”

Our Personal Stories
The home inside us
How two Ricks on very different paths found peace and friendship on the same road

Holding my breath
The scene she witnessed at the checkout line was hard to swallow, but it made her grateful she was sober and free

My way out
On a sad hike through the English woods, she found the path back to gratitude

My own cup
More than 44 years ago, she walked in the door, picked up a mop and earned her place in the room

What’s On Your Mind?
A step too far?
An old-timer talks about the changes in AA over the years, including one she’s not too fond of

Into Action
I’m him
Today at the homeless shelter, he reached out to a man he never met but knew all too well

Home Group
Home again
Each year he takes flight, sometimes gracefully, and returns to the room where it all began

In every issue

Editor’s letter
Dear Grapevine
Discussion Topic
At Wit’s End
Alcoholism At Large
AA News