From the March 2009 magazine.

You are not done yet

Accepting life as it came his way was the key to a great adventure

I came to AA in 1996 after my second DUI. Encouraged by my attorney to take an action before going to court, I immediately started attending AA meetings.

I soon became aware of just how out of control my life had become after 13 years of boozing. I got a sponsor and began working the First Step. Wow, I thought. This is exactly what my life is like--completely unmanageable. My finances were a disaster, friends were nearly non-existent, my communication with family had deteriorated to the rare holiday call and I felt trapped in the misery of an unhealthy relationship and a job I loathed.

-- PATRICK F.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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