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Brothers and Sisters

This family shows that although alcoholism often runs in families, we can also help each other get sober

Before my last slip, I'd sworn to never cross my sister's doorstep again. Being with more than two of my four brothers or sister gave me panic attacks and we'd argue because my older brother would say to me, "You are proof AA doesn't work!"

After going through DTs in the hospital, I made a decision to do more than mentally turn my life and my will over to God as suggested in Step Three of the Big Book. Shutting out the background noise of family, my husband's alcoholism and my daughter's off-and-on resentment over my drinking, I committed to 90 meetings in 90 days, read the Sponsorship pamphlet and found a sponsor to guide me with her experience through the Steps. In 14 months I participated in two 16-week-Twelve-Step workshops at a treatment center's public meeting room. My sponsor, Melinda K., also had me going to Al-Anon due to the dysfunction at home because of my husband's continued drinking.

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