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In Search of that First Blue Chip

After floundering for years, he finally got it

I had begun to think that I would never get sober. I had floundered around for years without accumulating any meaningful sobriety.

I started attending AA meetings in 1985. I had just been released from the hospital after a bout with pancreatitis. On my follow-up visit to my doctor, he suggested, strongly, that I might want to go to AA. I was pretty badly mangled at the time, so I didn't put up much of a fight.

Although I had agreed to go to treatment, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was better than the other patients--that I was not a real alcoholic. Those feelings of...

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