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Published November 2015.

Out of Ideas

After coming in and out of AA for several years, she began taking suggestions from a sponsor

When I was 16, I was introduced to AA by my mother who had three years of sobriety at the time. I believed in God and I prayed almost every day. I didn't trust people and I knew I couldn't drink like other people. As I sat in meetings, I focused on the differences.

I could go days or weeks without drinking but I identified that once I took a sip of alcohol, I couldn't stop. The phenomena of craving would come over me instantaneously within the first sip, awakening this monster inside me that screamed for more.

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