November 2013: The Woman in the Mirror
From Dear Grapevine,
Broke, pregnant and newly single, a young mother leans on AA and makes it through a tough first year
My first glimpse of AA started at age 21 when the drinking buddy I’d so naively married ended up in treatment. We both attended a meeting that combined AA and Al-Anon. I couldn’t admit I was alcoholic but an alcoholic woman at this meeting left a big impression on me. She had such confidence and beamed and smiled at everyone. My soul ached for what she had, but I couldn’t admit our common problem: alcohol.
At age 22 I stumbled into an AA clubhouse after a nine-day binge. This period of sobriety didn’t last long because I also discovered, after being transported to the state...
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Mandan, North Dakota