From the December 1988 magazine.

Don't Edit Me Out!

I have been a grateful, sober member of AA since May 31, 1970 and have been privileged to be part of this growing and changing Fellowship. In fact, some people now call me an old-timer, which always causes me to smile and kind of surprises me, because I always think and feel as if I'm just beginning to learn.

I would like to share some of my opinions and feelings about what I have found as I continue to research and study in our Big Book,Alcoholics Anonymous, especially as it regards a certain "conflict" that is happening locally and possibly nationally and also worldwide today. As I continue to study the Big Book (second edition, 1955 and third edition, 1976), I find that other drugs besides the drug alcohol are mentioned on page 22 and in thirteen of the printed stories. On page 29, it also states that "it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, 'Yes, I am one of them too, I must have this thing.'"

-- Pauline C.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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