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May 2013: Up in Smoke

On a quiet back road in Louisiana, he lit a flame that celebrated a brand new man

Step five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

I’ve never really understood the difference between regular honesty and rigorous honesty, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the degree of disclosure. I recently completed my Fourth and Fifth Steps with my new sponsor, a man I’ve come to trust enough to reveal my deepest darkest secrets to. Larry is a real “nuts and bolts” kind of AA old-timer, who demands that his sponsees do things his way.

One of the first things he said to me was, “Pat,... Login to read more
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