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She found herself opening up to Step Three after a friend shows her that it's a personal journey
My first AA meeting was in a smoky, windowless room in the basement of the hospital at which I was detoxing. I watched in frozen panic as the orderlies wheeled in patients, mostly older men in blue bathrobes, slumped in their wheelchairs, some toothless, some drooling.
Next, the booming voice of the meeting leader who was reading "How It Works" seemed to emphasis the words, "If you want what we have…." Looking around the room at the motley crew assembled there, I was absolutely certain that AA was not for me.
Too afraid not to go to meetings, I went long enough to meet the...
-- Mary Ann R.
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One Year Later
A sober member celebrating a year looks back on a life with alcohol that began when he was 9 years old