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The Open Hand of Friendship
Shaking and scared, a newcomer is taken under the wing of an AA at a meeting
I knew the four horsemen well. Terror, bewilderment, frustration and despair were my daily companions. By the end of my drinking, I would gag as I tossed back my first shot of the day, then I would fill the mug with coffee and try to pretend that everyone started the day with a drink.
I had been to doctors, a psychiatrist, the different health care centers in my area. I had looked into a private treatment center, but the exorbitant cost put private treatment out of my reach.
I could find no relief. Continuing to have no choice, I drank. Daily I would swear off and some days I...
Surrender, Not Submission
After a relapse, she changed the way she practiced the program
After getting sober in AA, he was able to become the son he always had wanted to be
A Room for My Heart
A woman finds a new home group after moving to a new town
Not Too Early
A court order got him into AA but the young people he met helped him stay