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Published January 2012.

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A member recounts an experience of Twelve Step work in Akron

I have always done the small things of service in AA, such as setting up chairs, coffee, taking secretary positions, but now I am working more with the new alcoholic, and I find it so very helpful in my recovery. I worked with a new guy for the first time about six months ago with my sponsor from my old stomping grounds, Kent-Akron, Ohio.

We went to his house and talked to him about the program. My sponsor asked him not to drink before, but he couldn't keep the shakes down and was really drunk by the time we arrived. We made some phone calls and were shocked to learn that there was only one rehab facially with about 25 beds nearby. Finally, a nurse told us to "just show up."

-- John H.

Cleveland, Ohio

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