From the October 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

On the move

I would like Grapevine to have a monthly or yearly feature on the topic of moving in sobriety. I've seen many people struggle with this; they move, go to a few meetings, don't really connect, isolate and start drinking again.

I have struggled myself, specifically, when the new area is so different that I'm unable to find my footing. What worked for me was becoming a general service representative (as counter-intuitive as it seems), picking some meetings and going to them every week, sticking my hand out, and hearing what other people did that worked. I also think that it would be healing for people to write about what they did that didn't work. I've seen this emerge as a "special need" in AA and I want to see how we can be there for the struggling alcoholics in this situation.

-- MAIA L.

Dublin, Calif.

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