June 2012: The Pilgrimage

A newcomer helps her friend take a fun ride through AA history

Home of Dr. Bob and his wife Anne, where the early days of AA began. (GSO archives)

November 2011 was the most challenging yet rewarding time in my sobriety. At 11 months sober, I was having an awful time of it. Faith in a Higher Power was still a very new concept to me and incredibly hard for me to put into practice. I was attending as many meetings as I could, but I was still afraid I would take a drink. Luckily, there was an experience waiting for me just around the corner that was about to change my sobriety completely.

One night, I ended up at a meeting I had never been to before. Here I met a fellow AA who was traveling from abroad. She told me that while she...

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