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Out of the Wilderness
An alcohol-fueled suicide attempt was the end of his drinking life
My wife thought I would walk out of my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous when she heard the Steps and Traditions being read, with their references to God and prayer. I was a cynical agnostic and my wife, sitting beside me, thought, "This won't work." But a week earlier I'd survived a suicide attempt by the skin of my teeth so I was in no state to engage in theological wrangling. I listened with laser-like attention to anything that would keep me alive, and that meant not drinking.
My last binge had not been that spectacular; in fact I thought I deserved a pat on the back for...
Saving My Soul
Doing service in AA enhanced his spiritual recovery
She used to tell strangers in bars her life story. Step Five helped her get over the shame of that.
Just Another Day in Paradise
A sister reflects on both her own and her brother's alcoholism and sobriety
He had to get out of the driver's seat to find the right direction