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He wanted to understand when he became an alcoholic. It was pretty clear
I went to meetings of AA for quite some time before I found out that I really am an alcoholic. At my first meeting, I told them I was a pothead with a cocaine problem who likes to drink and how I needed them to show me how to not do cocaine so I could smoke pot and drink like normal people. They just smiled and said, "Keep coming back."
I left there thinking—wow, they want me to come back! They liked what I had to say!
Pretty soon I was introducing myself as an alcoholic, even though I didn't believe I was one. I was trying to keep it simple. And I did it out of respect for... Login to read more
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