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Don't Drink and Go to Meetings?

That didn't work for this AA, but the Steps did

I was at a meeting at one of the AA clubs around here, and it was a young man's turn to speak. It became obvious that he was new to our fellowship. He went on about his plans for staying sober in AA. He thought that if he didn't drink and went to meetings that everything would turn out OK. As the different people added their comments most agreed that that was a good strategy which would work for the new guy.

When it got to be my turn to share I had to tell this young man that while not drinking and going to meetings was a good start, it was just that—a good start. I explained that if he wanted to stay sober for the long haul he needed to find a sponsor to help him work the steps. He didn't take my suggestion very well. I would imagine that he thought I was making too big a deal out of this AA thing and that if he just used a little willpower everything would be fine.

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