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Published May 2012.

Star of My Own Opera

He gave up the lead role and learned to be there for others

I disagree with the people in the rooms who say that AA is a selfish program.

When I got to AA in 1988, I was a self-centered 23 year old who thought that meetings were all about me, and that people were thinking and talking about me—I couldn't have been more wrong. However, what directed me toward the Steps of the program was not my self-centeredness but my fear of turning into an out-of-control blackout drinker. So I could say that it was my self-absorbed thinking that kept me in AA at that time.

-- Bill F.

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