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You Let Me In
A member reflects on how important the Third Tradition was in the beginning
When adopting the Third Tradition, early AAs decided that people like me were welcome in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. I had a desire not to drink. And you let me in.
When I first walked into AA, I was told, "We're so glad you are here," and, "keep coming back." I did. And I've been coming back for many years.
An older man in the group bought me a Big Book. As he gave it to me, the sparkle in his deep blue eyes showed compassion and understanding. He seemed to know who I was. I certainly didn't.
Off the Merry-Go-Round
After a series of interventions she agreed to go to detox
Breaking Through the Denial
It took several false starts in AA before he understood powerless
The intellectual debate inside his head kept him drinking
Back from Near Death
While waiting for a transplant, an alcoholic suffering from cirrhosis gets sober and begins a new life