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Published May 2011.

Web Exclusive: Real Friends

How an AA member’s friendships became more than just golf buddies.

"We associate at such a deep and intimate level that we develop true friendships that the average person seldom is exposed to."

How often have you heard a newcomer share at a meeting that, since he joined AA, most of his old friends stopped coming around and that he thought that he was losing them? Sometimes this may be distressful and may cause a person to question whether the sacrifice is worth it.

Sometimes the word “friend” is misunderstood. We often refer to the people we are associated with as friends. Some will say that you can count on one hand, the true friends you will have in a lifetime. So where do these associates/acquaintances come in?

-- Rick R.

Poway, California

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