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Return from Skid Row

A member recalls the fateful meeting with the man who became his sponsor

On June 6, 1973, I made the greatest step from the cradle to the grave. On that Friday night, I walked back into Alcoholic Anonymous a broken young man without any hope or aspiration for a better life. But I had experienced a profound spiritual awakening that had transformed my entire being and raised my life from the walking dead. Several days prior to my life changing experience, I was deep in denial, racked with self-loathing and riddled with self-pity. I was living among the lost without the hope of a better day.

I was down so low in life that getting up did not even cross my...

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