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An AA shares her experience of her first year of not drinking
The first year in AA is unique. Mainly, it is not so much a measure of sobriety as it is a process of getting "undrunk." It means making that transition from being an active drunk to a recovering alcoholic.
I well remember how, for part of that first year, I had to grapple with just not drinking. I had to change a routine and manner of living that revolved around drinking, and that had become second nature to me. It was often a time of white knuckling it to just stay away from a drink.
After going to meetings, repeating the Serenity Prayer and the slogans, and talking to my...
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