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From the December 2015 magazine.

A New Adventure

One letter at a time, she gets to explore sobriety with AAs all over the world

There was a time in my life when I wanted to be an explorer, an adventurer and a writer. I was very young then and, like so many other AA members, I never said, “Someday I want to be an alcoholic.” I didn’t see it happening, but alcohol crept into my life and my daily routine slowly, patiently, waiting for the day I would say, “I need a drink.” It was only after 30 years of drinking that I surrendered to my disease. I turned to AA and began living in the solution.

When I was two and a half years sober, I found myself on an airplane for the very first time, bound for San Antonio, Texas to celebrate AA’s 75th birthday at the International Convention. I was filled with excitement and gratitude about the prospect of meeting AA members from all over the world.

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