From the March 2019 magazine.

Open up!

With all the courage he could muster, he made it inside, only to be told to come back next Tuesday

I’m often perplexed and ultimately saddened when I view our schedules of meetings as I travel. I often visit groups that have two open meetings on the weekly calendar and 30 closed meetings.

I reflect on this often as a grateful member who admitted that I have a problem with alcohol. But I didn’t start out in AA thinking that way. I wasn’t sure I had a drinking problem. I took what I thought was my next logical step when my life was in shambles. I looked for an AA meeting. I didn’t know much of anything about AA at the time, but I knew I needed help.

-- Mitch G.

Arlington, Texas

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