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Topic: Homegroup/Meetings
Sometimes following group conscience is the hardest thing in the world
Attendance at my home group is falling off. As late as last year we attracted 30 to 40 faithful souls weekly, sometimes more. We’re down to 10 to 12 now, with a core of six members who show regularly...
Ignorance and unwelcoming insult spur a gay man’s resolve
I am a GSR (General Service Representative) in Sacramento, Calif. We completed the first half of our annual group inventory a couple weeks ago and have scheduled the second half for a couple weeks...
There was a reason he was stuck in this room full of odor and noise
Just a little over a year ago, I met a man who was living in a treatment center. He was allowed to go to outside meetings after 30 days, and was rather enjoying himself at a very social AA conference...
Over my years in AA I have had the opportunity to attend jail and prison meetings in three different states. When I moved home to North Carolina in 2004 I was happy to be able to attend corrections...
After a devastating accident, a home group pays respects
One night, a man came to my home group to share his story. He did a good job, speaking of the vital role his home group played in his life and the quality of his sobriety. As he concluded, he told us...
An AA shares why he is not about to abandon this meeting closer
In keeping with an early custom in AA that continues in many places today, let’s close this meeting with the Lord’s Prayer. For all those who care to, please stand and join in …” Thus did Greg M.,...
AA due diligence when traveling keeps him sane and successful
"We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.” That quote, taken from the promises section in the Big Book, couldn’t be truer for this “road warrior,” currently enjoying...
A meeting of one turns her vacation from disastrous to delightful
I was only two months sober when I took a vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico. Arriving sober with my husband felt like walking onto the wrong movie set. I remembered this club from my single, drinking days,...
Even without electricity, a struggling alcoholic plugs in to a group’s sober energy
My biggest concern in early sobriety was: I know it worked for you, but are you sure it will work for me? I believed I had fully surrendered and was convinced I wanted to stop drinking, but I wasn’t...
AA had ruined his drinking; now it ruined his isolation
In the years I had seen him in and around the rooms, he seemed to me an unencumbered man, a man who had gone through life alone. At a meeting one evening, he acknowledged his solitary path when he...

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