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Published November 2013.

Living Without Drinking

While living in a halfway house, he learned how to stay sober through service

My name is Armando and when I got to AA, I was still drinking. A friend in AA suggested that I join a three-month program in a sober house. There they told me that I needed to get a sponsor and that I could choose one from the house.

I picked one I liked and according to the rules of the house, I called him three times a week. It was hard for me to trust anyone. But I would tell him my feelings and what I was going through.

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