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A Sober Circle

She was able to build strong relationships with family and friends

I got sober in September of 1993. I was drinking like we all drank and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I also am in the military and I didn't want to go home a failure one more time. I knew about AA, but I had no idea what they did there. I went to my first meeting in Astoria, Ore. They held a First Step meeting and talked about all the stuff I had been doing, like drinking the rent money, driving drunk, and feeling hopeless, I could relate.

I remember the first night I admitted I was an alcoholic, I cried all night, but it was the best thing I ever did. I attended meetings almost everyday as I could go to noon meetings at lunch and then hit the evening meetings. I had no idea what alcoholism was and it scared me to death. I didn't drink as much as most people and I drank lots of beer, so hearing the stories scared me back into meetings.

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