From the May 2017 magazine.

Loud & Clear

A lesbian with extreme hearing loss learns that no matter how different she feels, if she wants to get sober, she belongs

I first landed in the rooms of AA in 1986 at age 20 and, I was sure, too young to belong there. I stayed for almost five years before letting my differences drive me out the door and back into the arms of alcohol for the better part of 20 years.

I returned to AA at age 44 out of desperation and exhaustion. I knew by then that I was an alcoholic like every other person in the rooms. My personal differences still exist, but I came to understand that differences do not change the fundamental fact that I, like the other members of AA, am an alcoholic in need of a spiritual solution.

-- Angela W.

Hurst, Texas, USA

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