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  • 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.

    It was 2005, and I...

  • 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...

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  • Booze, ego and I were allies; together we made my self-image glow. I was introduced to AA in the spring of 1969, and booze left us. That’s when ego said, “Don’t worry, I’ll take up the slack.” I believed him.

    My first sponsor, Charlie, had three whole months. We bonded immediately. Our egos clicked and began to collaborate. Recall might make me blush because we practiced our own “pink cloud” version of the AA program with bluster and tomfoolery. But since it was the beginning of my sober journey, I feel no shame. Charlie may have been the catalyst that gave me hope and a reason to...

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