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Published April 2018.

God, My Family and Myself

Although he got sober far away from his family, AA and his Higher Power were there for him during his mother’s final illness

I lived pretty far away from my family when I got sober and I only visited a couple of times a year. However, my visits home became much more fulfilling and meaningful in sobriety. This is a bittersweet story about my changed relationship with God, my family and myself.

-- Rich G.

Urbana, Ill.

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As an active alcoholic, he found fault in others to feel good about himself. His Fourth Step inventory helped change all that

I can’t complain about my life, growing up. Oh, I drank too much at times, but I was happy with the way it turned out. The same could be said about how I made out as a parent. I had a wife and two kids while working at jobs making the most I could per hour. Most years paying the bills was all I managed to do with proficiency. It was during those years that I spent a lot of time looking for the party that was getting harder and harder to find. After a mutually acceptable divorce and grandchildren now in the picture, I found myself living alone in a one-acre home not far from work.

-- Robert T.

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