From the February 2019 magazine.

My place in the world

No longer in the center of the universe, a longtime member in Tasmania is content to deal with things as they come along

When I got to AA, I thought that an alcoholic’s problem was alcohol and AA was just about stopping drinking. What I was hearing in meetings in Sydney in 1974 seemed to confirm that, with most speakers at meetings just talking about the horrors of drinking and the wonders of sobriety. There was hardly any talk about recovery. 

This convinced me that the people at meetings were alcoholics, but I wasn’t at all sure about myself. For me, stopping drinking would mean I was going to go off my “medication.” I would be bringing my insanity to the surface. 

-- Jim F.

Devonport, Australia

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