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Published November 2013.

Getting Undrunk

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.

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