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Breaking Through the Denial
It took several false starts in AA before he understood powerless
I grew up in a typical middle class household in the 1960s and 70s. I was the youngest of three kids and had the benefit of a loving extended family. Alcohol and addiction were not a part of my family or culture. My parents provided a home that was traditional and Jewish in its ritual and progressively humanistic and liberal in its values.
As I came of age, I rejected organized religion. I formulated my own beliefs by filtering and refining them through an immature and addicted mind. I embraced a relationship with God that served my morals and values.
Rocky Hill, New Jersey
Off the Merry-Go-Round
After a series of interventions she agreed to go to detox
You Let Me In
A member reflects on how important the Third Tradition was in the beginning
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