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Published July 2011.

Web Exclusive: I May Be On My Last Chance

He learned firsthand that not everyone gets a second chance to get sober

"Would I get another chance if I went back to drinking?"

I once heard, “Learn from the mistakes of others so you won’t make them yourself.” I will always remember Bill L. whenever I hear that quote. I was fairly new around AA back in 1989 when one day I got a call from my sponsor. He said, “Go to the hospital and pick up Bill L. and bring him to the meeting tonight.”

I went to the hospital to get this newcomer and I was really surprised. This guy didn’t need a meeting, I thought, he was too far gone. The doctor’s prognosis was bad: possibly wet brain with little chance of any recovery.

-- Tim B.

Alberta, Canada

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