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The Stories We Tell

An AA reflects on how we recover by sharing our personal experiences

When I arrived at the doors of AA some time ago, I had no knowledge of the Program, so one of the biggest surprises for me was to learn that I would be hearing and reading a lot of stories. In fact, one of the primary methods of carrying the AA message is through the telling of personal stories. I've learned that these individual stories are vitally important to my own recovery and the recovery of others.

The importance of relating our stories is stressed throughout the Big Book. Most of our literature, including Grapevine, contains numerous members' stories. In the chapter called...

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