March 2014: What! another meeting?
With his marriage on the rocks, a newcomer tries to help his family understand this AA thing
When I entered the doors of AA I had not lost my job, house, car, family or wife, but I was very close. In fact, I went to my first AA meeting because of my wife’s ultimatum: “If you don’t do something about your drinking, I’m leaving you.” We’ve been married 29 years with ups and downs, but we were on a downhill slide the last couple of years before I came to AA. Half of me said, Let her go. I’m tired of her telling me what to do. The other half reminded me that she had been one of the few factors that controlled my drinking somewhat. I would force myself out of the bars...