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Topic: Relapse
With her life spinning out of control, and after trying several times to stop drinking on her own, a woman surrenders
Swaying from side to side, I grasped onto the kitchen cabinet and took another big gulp of my rum-and-lime diet soda. As I made dinner and smoked cigarettes in the kitchen, my 7-year-old daughter...
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...
After several days in a cheap motel, he wasn't betting heavily on his chances for sobriety
By the time I reached 60, I figured my chances at finding any real happiness or peace were slim to none. It was a matter of living with what I had created and waiting for the sand to pass through the...
He romped through his adolescence like it was an after-school special
I was born in Plano, Texas, in the early ‘90s. Shortly after birth, I moved to a small suburb of Houston. My family was very wealthy and I knew it. We grew up spoiled, getting whatever we wanted,...
He learned firsthand that not everyone gets a second chance to get sober
I once heard, “Learn from the mistakes of others so you won’t make them yourself.” I will always remember Bill L. whenever I hear that quote. I was fairly new around AA back in 1989 when one day I...
A part-time job in a bar turned out to be the beginning of years of relapsing
I was driving around trying to find something to keep me from drinking that night when I noticed Gus, a fellow I worked with, walking along the sidewalk. Somehow I had heard that Gus didn't drink and...
He dragged it from Moscow to Texas to Canada ... and right into the rooms of AA
The first time I heard about AA was in 2001, when a guy in my English class made a presentation that started with him saying he’d been chained to the beer fridge. When he realized it was becoming an...
A doctor at a detox gave him what he needed to get sober: hope
Isn't it funny how you remember some things and forget others? I will be celebrating 19 years of continuous sobriety March 4 2008. I grew up in Alcoholics Anonymous. I was introduced to AA as a...
In order to get sober, this AA felt he had to develop a new conception of god
Growing up in an Hispanic and Catholic home, religion was always more about traditions and family gatherings. I never really had much interest in any of it to begin with. I knew that Jesus was the...
This Australian kept getting drunk until he learned to love a new life
When I think of a “slip” it tends to bring to mind someone stepping on a banana peel or losing his grip while scaling a mountain. My relapses were deliberate slides and not slips. I was grudgingly...

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