September 2011: Keep the Change
From the September 2011 Grapevine Magazine
A transition from drunk to sober, unworthy to deserving, woman to man …
"I arrived, walking right into an environment that, in 21 years of sobriety, I have made it a point not to frequent—a bar."
So many sayings get burned into our memory in early recovery: “Easy Does It,” “First Things First,” and so on. We call upon these slogans in moments of trouble; they help us remember that we’re alcoholics who can’t drink safely, and remind us of the consequences if we try to.
Last night, I was reminded of a truism I’ve heard repeated over and over: “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” Never has an expression meant so much.
The scene that played out began with me sitting in a bar, waiting for my colleague to arrive for our prearranged meeting. When we...
Login to read more
Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe. -- Malkiel-Robert
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Twelve Traditions
AA's guiding principles
Behind the Scenes
- Personal Stories
AA's tales of recovery
Tragedy in the Night
- Twelve Steps
AA's blueprint for sobriety
The Road from Reno
New to AA? Find sober support
Like a Duckling
Get a dose of Higher Power here
A River Runs Through It
They've experienced it all ... sober
What's My Secret?