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A Beginner's Story
He learned he no longer needed to drink over his fears, doubts, anger, and confusion
I realized I had a problem with alcohol when I tried to stop—or even slow down—my drinking. To me, the problem was other people's attitudes about me when I drank. The only time I felt comfortable and happy was when I drank. It made me feel like I was a part of things, and not an outsider. Why were people mad at me when all I was trying to do was feel OK? It made me angry that they criticized me, that they were trying to take away the only thing I had to help me feel less alone and less unhappy about myself.
I continued to drink. As the anger and resentment grew and were aimed at...
Star of My Own Opera
He gave up the lead role and learned to be there for others
The Anonymity Principle
He confided in a co-worker about his recovery in AA, and later he had to pay a price
My Son, My Guardian Angel
After the death of his son, he experienced the power of prayer
When he let go of self-will and began practicing Step Three he finally felt free