Magazine

From the April 2017 magazine.

Discussion topic

A newcomer asks for help

I was afraid to seek help because I feared being told I should never drink again,” writes the author of “Bird Trouble.” Yet he found himself in big trouble with liquor. After landing in a drunk tank, he asked God to help him. This led him to call AA and ask for help again. Later, as a newcomer, he reached out to his Higher Power in a couple of stressful drinking situations and found it very helpful.

Do you or did you have a difficult time as a newcomer asking for help? How did you find your way into AA? Was it difficult to raise your hand? Was it hard to ask about a sponsor? How about prayer? Do you ask a power greater than you for help? How do you encourage your sponsees to reach out?

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