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The Changes in Light
A newcomer recalls the months and seasons of her first year sober
I woke with one of the worst hangovers I had ever had. What happened last night? What are these pills in my pocket? Why do I have a bloody nose? Why is there a police officer's card on my counter?
I got up and showered and went to the welcome back orientation for my winter job. I sat by myself in the back, next to the door in a room full of hundreds of people.
I did not hear much of what was being said. I focused on not vomiting on myself, or screaming out for help. I was terrified that I might have a seizure. I thought it might be possible that I could die.
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Starting Out in Al-Anon
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The Godometer on My Bike
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AA's guiding principles
Behind the Scenes
- Personal Stories
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Tragedy in the Night
- Twelve Steps
AA's blueprint for sobriety
The Road from Reno
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Like a Duckling
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A River Runs Through It
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