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As the World Turns
Despite many talents and opportunities, she became a "stay-at-home" drunk and watched life pass her by
When I first came to AA in my 20s, I had doubts whether I was a real alcoholic. I had some evidence my drinking had become a problem, but I hadn't gotten into any legal trouble. My own personal diagnosis was: no arrests meant I was not an alcoholic.
And with that proclamation, I said goodbye to AA and stayed drunk for years. The more I convinced myself I wasn't an alcoholic, the more I drank. That seems completely senseless, but now I see it as part of the insidious nature of alcoholism.
Spelling it Out
A member with over 40 years shares his story and some handy acronyms
He went home to die from alcoholism, but found himself in an AA meeting instead
Letter from Finland
After a childhood corroded by alcohol, she turned to it as an adult to dull the misery
End of the Road
Just as he was about to lose everything, he found AA