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Published March 2013.

Woman to Woman

A relationship with a sponsor taught her how to connect

When I first came into AA, I did not like women and certainly didn't feel that I had any use for them. I didn't trust women either. I had been stabbed in the back too many times in my life.

When I found myself released from a community alternative program and in need of a sponsor, I thought, "Oh no." I decided that I was okay on my own for right now and a sponsor could wait. I had been locked up for the last nine months so I had more sobriety under my belt than I had ever had. I was attending a lot of meetings and was required to attend group counseling twice a week and individual counseling once a week, so I was "okay for the moment."

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