January 2011: It’s not a gimmick if it works
From the January 2011 Grapevine Magazine
A First Step emerges from an indexed history
New memories popped up on random order. Each card was for one drinking experience.
Step One was hard. I came with a watch, car, professional career and no DUI, jail, detox, skidrow, treatment center or DTs. I didn’t drink every day. I thought that I’d never had blackouts.
I said AA was boring and that I was very thirsty—loudly!
By the grace of God as I don’t understand him, I have been sober over 34 years; never relapsed. How? People were praying for me.
Some long-timers said: “Young man, everyone needs three things to get the program. We’re very sorry; you don’t have any of them.” I asked, “What are the three things?” They said,...