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From the November 2012 magazine.

November 2012: The Phonebook

When I moved back to Galesburg, Ill., a few years ago to help my elderly mother, I had plenty of time to attend a lot of AA meetings. Because I was at three or four meetings a day and I also had that “out-of-towner expertise,” several women asked me to sponsor them. Some were new and others had just lost their sponsors.

One sponsee, Sharon, sobered up five years ago and it’s an absolute miracle that she has remained that way. She’s alcohol-free now, and you can usually find her making the coffee at the 5:30 meeting at the Knox County Group. Shortly after we met, she wrote her Fourth Step, and when I listened to her Fifth Step, we sat for a while and told stories about our recovery and laughed together. One of Sharon’s stories is worth sharing and it’s with her permission that I’m sharing it here.

-- Jamie Z.

Chillicothe, Illinois

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