From the July 1990 magazine.

A Deliberate Turning

As I look back after many years of unbroken sobriety, I perceive that my program of recovery can be very simply expressed under two main headings. First, there is the necessity for acceptance. Before I could begin to get better I had to accept that I am an alcoholic, and all that follows from that. I cannot handle alcohol in any form, as I should know from countless futile attempts to prove otherwise. Secondly, the program of recovery imposes a requirement for change. I cannot continue to live sober with the alcoholic attitudes and behavior which accompanied me into AA. There must be a firm renunciation of former habits and a deliberate turning to a new way of life.

-- Angus M.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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