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Published March 2017.

Answering The Call

He never asked for help because he thought no one would come to his aid, until he got sober and discovered that reaching out is part of the AA Fellowship

On May 8, 2002, I was faced with the fact of taking a hard look at my drinking or going down the rest of the way. My wife had had enough, I could no longer do my job because of back surgeries, and I didn’t have a friend left in the world. I was too young to retire so I was working on going back to school to learn a new trade. I knew I couldn’t drink and do college algebra at the same time. I also knew if my wife left the house, my drinking would kill me in short order.

I decided to give AA another chance. You see, I had first tried AA in 1981. I tried to do it my way all those years ago and wouldn’t let anyone get to know me. I didn’t want or need anyone’s help. Or so I thought. Needless to say, I did not achieve meaningful sobriety.

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