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Topic: Emotional Sobriety
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,...
The understanding and acceptance allowed her to open up
Before I came to AA, the terror I lived with daily was suffocating. I spent days hidden away, trying to block out the sound of the world. I had progressed to daily drinking, sobering up long enough...
In the process of making an amends, a man finds more reason to feel grateful for his sobriety
I received the following response to a Ninth Step letter sent to a friend I had not corresponded with for over 20 years. She was the first person to suggest to me that I might have a problem with...
An AA remembers the Twelfth Step call that saved his life
Nursing a wet drunk directly into AA without treatment is very rare nowadays. That’s a shame, because it works when people work it the Big Book way. In fact, I got here myself by that more direct...
Seeing her best friend get sober, she could no longer pretend that her drinking wasn't a problem
My girlfriend and I lived only a few doors away. Our children played together, we shopped together, we were co-cadet leaders of Girl Scouts (poor kids), we drank together, and we played naughty...
She didn't think she had a problem with alcohol until attending AA helped her problems.
My drinking history seems pretty mild compared to many stories I have heard and read. Because of this, I struggled with whether or not I was really an alcoholic and belonged in AA. I wanted to share...
A transition from drunk to sober, unworthy to deserving, woman to man …
So many sayings get burned into our memory in early recovery: “Easy Does It,” “First Things First,” and so on. We call upon these slogans in moments of trouble; they help us remember that we’re...
Three sisters, each with the disease ... one remains to carry on their message
My two sisters died in 2009, both sober, within three weeks of each other. Cancer took one, and a progressive heart disease the other. I miss them very much. When life hands you a lemon, you make...

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