From the September 2013 magazine.

September 2013: Drug Talk

A member shares why it’s important for her to hear booze discussed in AA

When I drank alcohol, I could do anything. It gave me courage I never had when sober. So even before I went out to the bar, I had to start drinking at home to have enough courage to go. This may sound insane, but I was insane. No doubt in my mind. Alcoholics Anonymous has given me my life back. I can now be who I am.

I’ve been sober since Feb. 6, 1994. Last year, the meeting I was going to for 15 years started changing. People began saying they were “clean,” instead of sober, and referred to “using,” instead of drinking. One day I confronted one of the members nicely about it, and I was asked if I wanted him to lie. He said he was not an alcoholic, he was an addict. The next week I went back and made my amends publicly at the meeting. I continued to go to that meeting a few more times off and on, but I just couldn’t relate or feel comfortable anymore. My drug of choice is alcohol.

-- Sandy H.

Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada

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