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Published October 2019.

A True Partnership?

Finding out that getting sober can mean finally forming real relationships

I went to a meeting my first night out of rehab because I knew that If I didn’t go the first night, I wouldn’t go the second. I joined that group and asked an ex-coworker to be my “temporary” sponsor. A week later we made it official.

It was my second meeting at my home group when I heard: “The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.” That snapped me to attention. “That’s me!” I remember thinking. One-by-one, I had pushed everyone away, and then I had gotten angry that they had left.

-- Anonymous

Cocoa Beach, FL.

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