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The Day It Ended
He reached his bottom while sitting in a psychiatrist's office with his wife and son
My son just turned 21. I am 60. He was one-hour-old and tightly wrapped when the maternity ward nurse handed him to me 21 years ago. It was the first time I saw the face of God.
The celebration in the bar I owned at the time was long, loud and drunken. After all, the drinks were on the house. My wife and son weren't home from the hospital yet and that night at our house, I punched holes in the walls, ripped doors off hinges, smashed mirrors, and just about destroyed anything I could.
Brigantine, New Jersey
At the Fish Fry
While looking for a grand spiritual experience, he came to see that his awakening was the result of many moments along the way
She realized that she wasn't that different from everyone else and that she was at home in any AA meeting
The Writing on the Wall
Scared and in a detox for the first time, he got the exact message he needed
Many Stories Later
An old timer recounts how he came to be in AA