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Saved from Drowning
A tumultuous early life led her into alcoholism and then into AA
"Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house...." (page 98 AA Big Book.)
In my early days and early years of sobriety, my sponsor quoted those lines to me repeatedly. I was so full of fear when I came into the Program, that my own shadow gave me the shivers. I did not trust anyone or anything. Not even myself.
I remember having some alcohol left and could not bring myself to pour it down the drain so I kept it in the cupboard. Don't want to waste alcohol, right? But...
A Greeting Card Life
The 12 Steps helped her adjust her expectations of family
A Journey of Grace
An old timer shares his thoughts on the practice of the Eleventh Step
At Home in the World
A woman from the American South travels to Beijing and celebrates her AA birthday
The Ebb and Flow of Faith
A member discusses a commonly heard AA expression about faith and fear