From the December 2019 magazine.

Far from Home

A newcomer’s move to the other side of the world forces her to dive deep and search for every tool she can to stay sober

After years of knowing that I was an alcoholic, years of expecting different outcomes, years of being sick and tired of being sick and tired, I finally surrendered. I knew the only thing that would work was AA. I had witnessed the miracles that AA works in people I had known and I was finally ready to surrender.

In September of 1987, my husband and I were relocating to Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I decided that Jeddah would be the perfect place to begin my journey of sobriety. Before leaving, I turned to a friend who was new in the program and told her of my plan. She was happy for me and my decision, although she questioned why I didn’t start that very day. That aside, she gave me a Big Book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Twenty-Four Hours A Day and a pocket copy of the Promises with the Third and Seventh Step Prayers. I was advised to contact the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah for information about meetings and they would be able to help me.

-- P.G.

Surprise, Ariz.

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