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Rowing Up the River
After he started feeling worse sober, he realized that he needed to do things differently
Before I picked up a drink at the somewhat late age of 19, I thought there must be something wrong with me, even reading books on psychology and psychiatry to try to figure it out. Those thoughts and feelings were no longer a concern for a while after I started drinking, as drinking made me feel the way other people looked and I was able to join the party. It gave me a feeling of well being, a false one but I believed the lie.
When I got to AA, the first three steps looked like the mental gymnastics my church wanted me to perform as a youth. I didn't feel insane until awhile after I...
Being of Service
He learned how to give of himself in AA and carried that into his everyday life
A New Kind of Love
In sobriety, she learned how to love herself and others
When he got sober, he understood the value of certain experiences
The Things That Matter
Alcohol no longer is the most important thing in his life