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Topic: Emotional Sobriety
Every day was cause for a celebratory drink
I remember being a kid, probably around the age of three, and having a sip of my mom’s beer. At weddings or holidays, I always found an excuse to go and fetch drinks for older relatives, because the...
How do I choose to handle the uncertainty of life? After 20 years of hard-earned sobriety, getting slam dunked was not what I had anticipated. The next four years of my life were quite a challenge....
A man reflects upon both his own alcoholism and that of a father, who never made it to the rooms of AA
I'm 53 years old. I entered AA 15 years ago and I'm sober 6 years. I grew up in Brooklyn with my father, mother and brother. I didn't see my father until I was 6 years old, when he returned from the...
A sober man recounts his experiences in repairing relationships with his family after the ravages of alcohol
In the early winter of 1990, I was in the midst of yet another bender, one that had lasted just over a year. I didn't drink everyday, but all I needed was a reason, and I'd hit the road running....
It beckoned, seductively trying to woo her back
Sobriety gave me a life I never expected, happy, joyous and free ... the exact opposite of life when I was drinking. The obsession and compulsion were gone and the promises came to fruition at every...
She came to one night lying face down on the ground and knew that something had to change
I came to lying naked on the frigid ground under a clear November moon. The points of grass felt like needles in my skin. As I turned over onto my back, I thought to myself, "So this is what it feels...
Two women, inseparable in drinking and sobriety, until one relapses
My last drinking buddy turned into my first sponsor. Our final night on the town ended with her swerving home across the Golden Gate Bridge and misplacing her car somewhere in Sausalito. Two weeks...
An AA relationship is put to the ultimate test when a wife's affair with his sponsee is revealed
I was sitting there minding my own business in the front row of my home group, about 90 days off booze, when she walked in. I have no hair, so I could feel her eyes burning into the back of my skull...
Sweeping aside fear and resentments are vital in Step Eight
Any alcoholic working the program can tell you that resentments and guilt can lead us right back to the drink. Learning to give ourselves over to God and clear away the wreckage from our past is the...
An Air Force pilot swaps his flight manual for a Big Book and avoids disaster
A tourist visiting New York for the first time is lost. He stops on the street to ask one of New York’s finest how to get to Carnegie Hall, a theater renowned for its artistic performances. “Well,...

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