July 2011: Long Days Past
From the July 2011 Grapevine Magazine
Confined to a prison without meetings, an inmate recalls when he, too, used to be “too busy”
"I said self-defense; they said murder."
I was first introduced to AA in 1977, at the tender age of 13. I was born and raised with alcohol. It was all I knew. To endure life, you must have beer in hand. My father, numerous family members and friends taught me this important life lesson, then most of them died of alcoholism.
After a major geographical change, and a terrifying near death experience, I decided to stop drinking in 1987. I went to both AA and NA, as I am a dual addict. I found a sponsor and we read through the Twelve Steps in an easier, softer manner, if you know what I mean. I managed to see some fruits, like...
-- Rusty R.