Back from Near Death
While waiting for a transplant, an alcoholic suffering from cirrhosis gets sober and begins a new life
"A nurse greeted my re-entrance to the world and explained I was brought there three days earlier."
The first AA meeting I attended, I shakily entered the door with the help of a walker and my daughter. I had applied lots of make-up, but my yellow skin belied my attempts. I was early, and there were a few men smoking cigars on the patio. One very nice man joined us, extended his hand and introduced himself. After a few welcoming words, Al gently told me I was at a Men's Stag. Well, that sounded good to me; but I was quietly escorted out with a list of nearby appropriate meetings. That was four years ago.
The first thing I remember about four years ago was awakening tied to a bed...
-- Sharon J.
Los Angeles, California
Off the Merry-Go-Round
After a series of interventions she agreed to go to detox
You Let Me In
A member reflects on how important the Third Tradition was in the beginning
Breaking Through the Denial
It took several false starts in AA before he understood powerless
The intellectual debate inside his head kept him drinking