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Published December 2011.

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A man reflects on the death of a close friend in AA

I'm not quite sure how to write about the friend that I lost recently in Alcoholics Anonymous. He is the man mainly responsible for helping me come out of my shell. I loved him dearly, but I did not act like a friend should all of the time. He did act like a friend all of the time to me though. He tried to include me in some of the fellowship that is a part of AA, but I refused at first. It was easier to go home than to socialize and be a little uncomfortable.

One day, he invited me to go with him and a few of the old timers to dinner and a meeting one night, and I said yes. The...

-- Anonymous

Long Beach, New York

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