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Published March 2014.

Many Stories Later

An old timer recounts how he came to be in AA

On August 29, I was blessed with 24 years of sobriety. I was brought to my first AA meeting on a Tuesday. The previous evening, I had been sitting at my kitchen table full of despair.

That evening, a couple had come by my place and mentioned AA. When they left, I looked up the AA hotline in the phone book. When I called, a woman asked me if I had a drinking problem. I told her, "No, I am just sick and tired of being sick and tired." I sat there drinking my gin from the bottle. She said that she would have someone call me.

-- Frankie R.

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