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Published June 2014.

Being of Service

He learned how to give of himself in AA and carried that into his everyday life

When I got sober 10 years ago, I had no concept of the word "service" except what I thought people owed me. I had such a sense of entitlement.

The treatment center I went to had AA members come in and talk with us about their experience, strength and hope. These people did this for fun and for free—later I realized, it also kept them sober. When I left, I continued outpatient classes for a few months and embraced the idea of recovery.

-- John S.

Portland, Oregon

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