From the October 1986 magazine.

You Can Take It with You

Recovering alcoholics who practice their program can accomplish wonders within a group--even if they're only visiting. They don't need to be trusted servants, old-timers, or longtime members of the group. They don't need to know "the way we do it here." And they certainly don't need to know "who's who" among group members. Simply bringing their program, their walk-like-you-talk approach to the Traditions and Twelve Steps, and their willingness to help other alcoholics is all they need to work minor miracles.

A case in point is my new friend "Donald." Donald arrived here six months ago, along with his wife, a hard-nosed Al-Anon. He spent his first few weeks attending meetings at every group in town, trying to find one in which he felt comfortable. He made no bones about the fact that he knew the difference between a solid AA group and one that was off the track. When he was called on, he spoke in a quiet, informed, authoritative way, and never preached, complained, or gossiped. He would often begin his comments with a simple, "You know, the Big Book says. . ." Everyone listened and many benefited.

-- C. S.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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