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A member reflects on negative attitudes towards relapse within the Program

Recently, I attended a meeting that has a sterling reputation in our AA community. It is a long-held meeting in very pleasant surroundings, with large windows through which the sun always seems to be shining. The heart of the group is made up of people with many years of sobriety and most seem to be in comfortable financial circumstances.

This meeting is in sharp contrast to the meeting that is my home group. My home group is located in my city's urban center, just blocks from where the most brisk drug activity takes place. A drunk sleeps every morning just two doors from our meeting place. Often, our meetings are enlivened by people who are still under the influence, who ramble, who don't smell very good, who come only for the coffee or the bathroom, who steal, who are very, very sick.

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