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There Were Many Firsts

An AA celebrates all the new experiences of living a sober life

As I hit rock bottom, I found myself walking into my first home group in Manteca Calif. I had lost my job, condo and my car had broken down. I was one of those people who had to hit the bottom to realize I needed to get sober and I soon found myself on my knees asking God for his help. The first meeting I went to was a women's meeting and they shared their stories with me of how they got sober, they bought me a book, and told me to keep coming back.

My mother also plays a significant part in my recovery. She saw my life spiral out of control and recognized an opportunity to get me into a Twelve-Step program. She was the first one who taught me the serenity of praying. She has been praying for me for years and her prayers have been answered. On my first Thanksgiving, I was a month sober and I drove out to see her in Hayward.

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