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Published May 2012.

Many New Beginnings

An AA discusses getting sober and getting remarried in sobriety

In June 1986, I put down the drink. To me it was divine intervention. Someone at work reached out to me, when I was drunk, and mirrored to me how bad my drinking had gotten from his point of view. There is no reason I listened that day except the intervention of a Higher Power in my life. My willingness to quit was paralleled with an equal unwillingness to ask for any help. I began "Patrick's Recovery Program," remaining abstinent from alcohol but not living a sober and spiritual life. The quality of my life continued to deteriorate. The discord between my wife and I deepened considerably.

After three years of abstinence, I left "Patrick's Recovery Program" and walked through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. It was a place I had avoided like it was a death sentence, but when I surrendered, I knew I was home. A gentleman name Jim G. stuck his hand out to me that evening and told me to "keep coming back, it is the best game in town, a $1 an hour." I felt the truth in what he said that day and I still do.

-- Patrick M.

Sarasota, Florida

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