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An Emotional Life
In AA, she learned to stop covering up how she really felt
I grew up in a family in which our motto was, "buck up" and "suck it up buttercup." Emotions other than being happy or angry were not an option in our household. Crying, which was perceived as weak, was not acceptable. If you cried, you were shamed for it.
I had no idea how to express emotion or how to turn my thoughts into words. When I came into AA, I was so angry at everything and everyone and I couldn't understand why. I would rather put a hole in a wall then talk about the feelings inside of me. Years of suppressing hurt, anxiety and fear had manifested into anger toward the...
Me And My Turkey
Nearly 35 years into sobriety, he is grateful for some of the particularly bad memories
One night in the car, she and her sister heard from their HP
The Dreams I Dreamt
A member reflects on the things alcohol took away and that sobriety restored
A Father's Legacy
Through the 12 Steps, she was able to forgive her father at the end of his life