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Topic: Emotional Sobriety
Imprisoned for a violent crime, a tirade on a handball court changes his life
It was a crime of violence; a terrible act against a woman. An act I could not remember. I was in prison for it. It was the act of a drunk in a blackout. Like so many times before, I woke up...
Surrendering to the moment brings personal victory
When I first came through these doors, I was defeated; totally ready to do what was necessary to stay sober. I didn’t know that I was a child mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I just knew that I...
The unity in Tradition One is reflected in the environment
I was given the gift of sobriety a little over two years ago. I’m finding the love I once had for nature slowly returning. My passion for hiking, paddling, natural history, and keeping a nature...
He had a "hell of a time" integrating his sexuality and his spiritual beliefs.
I really thought I was unique and different when I came into AA. I was just about to come out as a gay man when I got sober in 1982. Getting sober was the easy part of being a recovering alcoholic in...
A crush on her sponsor cracks the protective shell around her sexuality
Growing up, I felt terminally unique. I made great attempts to be better than most at everything I did—school, work, relationships, etc. There always seemed to be a gap in my ability to conform to...
Recently, I celebrated 25 years in the program. This is a big deal to me because, before sobriety, I never was a success at anything. I think that I was graduated from college because I have a...
A vacation romance with a chronic relapser takes him out of his comfort zone
Every year since I’ve been two years sober I have managed to travel and spend my two-week holiday and AA anniversary (which happen to occur simultaneously) in a foreign country. This has taken me to...
Has a notion of a “problem-free” sobriety warped our expectations?
I’ve heard the rumblings that AA has stopped growing, has reached a plateau. Looking around in meetings, from a strictly numerical standpoint, I’m not convinced, as I still see new faces popping up...
A member finds a way to hold on to the pink cloud
I have been told that alcoholics are the only people who can take a simple program and break it down into its most complicated form. I have no trouble believing that this is so, I watched myself do...
Cancer, a gambling addiction, a heart attack, a husband’s affair … and she still didn’t drink.
Today is Remembrance Day and, thanks to AA, I have a lot to be grateful for. On November 30, 2010, I celebrated 41 years of sobriety and on Dec. 5, 2010, I turned 68. You would think with all those...

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