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Web Exclusive: The Story is the Same
Seeing a young man drunkenly stumble into his halfway house reminded him that we have a common story and a common solution
I had checked in to the halfway house a few weeks earlier. I have advanced degrees and several professional licenses. I had a 30-year career. Alcohol had taken it all away. I couldn't work in my field. My family who dearly loved me couldn't tolerate my self-destruction any longer. My decision to go to the halfway house came when my wife of 30 years told me, "I love you too much to see you struggle so hard ... you have to leave." Now, I was homeless too. She didn't say it in a fit of rage. In fact, it was her calm, almost loving, tone when she said it that struck me. I had made a mess of...
-- Doug A.
The Metamorphosis of a Firefly
Alcohol transformed her into a wild child but AA transformed her into a loving, mature person
A Pillar of AA
His Higher Power showed him what it meant to be of service in a humble way
The End of a Sad Soap Opera
With her life in shambles and knowing nothing of AA, she remembered a sober character on a tv show and picked up the phone
It Only Takes Two
When the meeting doesn't happen, two AAs are able to share their experience, strength and hope at a local diner