From the May 2011 magazine.

The Twelve and Twelve at Noon

At lunchtime meetings, a member learns through the Twelve Steps to experience a sober circle of life

"One day in the middle of a 'nooner, I had a sudden realization that from twelve until 1 p.m. was not only an hour of engaging AA discussion, but it was also a reminder that we continue to do all the Steps."

My very first AA meeting was on a hot and steamy day in St. Petersburg, Fla. I was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge in January of that year and my out-patient treatment surprised me with the news I would need to attend some Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Right away, I had a resentment, although I didn't know that was what it was called.

I couldn't deny that drinking had landed me in some hot water. I'd been dry since that arrest, white-knuckling it for about three months. But I didn't like the idea of being ordered to attend AA.

-- Tom G.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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