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Published May 2011.

Web Exclusive: Too Much is Never Enough

An AA member wrestles with financial insecurity for years before coming to terms with living simply

"Having more than I need to meet my simple wants could do more harm than good.

Fear of economic insecurity was a prime reason I got to AA.  I had moved from Illinois to Sydney in 1973, mainly because I couldn't find a job and the Australian economy was in better shape than the American one then. I managed to get a job teaching at a Catholic boy's high school. That was pretty scary, but I had a feeling that I wouldn't be able to find another one if I lost it, and felt like I was on the verge of doing that. I came to AA not being able to picture life without drinking, but thinking that I would soon be out of the job that provided me with the...

-- Jim F.

Tasmania, Australia