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I recently took a trip to Sonoma, Calif., a town famous for its wine-making, to visit my stepson and his wife. They have their own label and he works in a winery that, as it happened, was having a...
Instead of having the world by its tail, booze had him by the neck
I recall having my first beer when I was 17, at my uncle’s birthday party. In the midst of the celebration, I was told that on this day, it was okay to have one. I hated the taste, sense of guilt and...
The Third Tradition meant he was welcomed, not out of place
I’m here, sober and alive because of our Third Tradition. “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.” Even as a young child I have always felt different, unworthy, lonely and...
Sometimes a slip starts in the subtlest ways
I was a “late blossoming” alcoholic. After many years of drinking, I finally plunged into the pit of despair that only alcohol can bring, and then slopped around in the muck until I had had enough to...
For nine years I went to Catholic School, learning about church, prayer and God. The following three years were a blur as I entered the public school system and was introduced to all the things that...
A uncanny visit to Doctor Bob’s grave site helps this member stay sober many years later
My first run at sobriety came in the late 1980's while living in Southern California. I was newly out of the Navy when my heart's desire pronounced me "alcoholic" and stipulated a relationship with...
A young member from a family devasted by the effects of alcoholism finds her way to AA.
I've been kind of quiet about this subject for about 7 years. There are reasons why I don't talk about it, but there are even more reasons why I should. On November 14 2008, I quit drinking alcohol....
Confined to a prison without meetings, an inmate recalls when he, too, used to be “too busy”
I was first introduced to AA in 1977, at the tender age of 13. I was born and raised with alcohol. It was all I knew. To endure life, you must have beer in hand. My father, numerous family members...
My career as an alcoholic has taken me in and out of jails, institutions and rehabilitation centers. Since the age of 13, I have been gathering knowledge and collecting data on the subject, hoping...
Twenty years after seeing her mom die of the DTs, this woman got sober after experiencing her own alcoholic seizures and DTs
"Where the heck am I and how did I get here?" Questions like these were a frequent part of my life during my alcoholic journey. It was a journey on which I never knew where'd I'd wind up. I grew up...

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