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Topic: Spirituality
Working the Steps again helped her see that she had made another member her Higher Power
Jim was one of the first people I met at my home group. He was this little old man; he made me feel so comfortable in his presence. I was instantly drawn to him. I always sat next to him, and he...
At 18 months, a member expresses her new-found joy in early recovery.
I am celebrating 18 months of sobriety! Words aren’t enough to express the gratitude I feel. I believe the way I can properly show God and Alcoholics Anonymous my tremendous gratitude today is by...
A long-time member finds real peace in letting go.
You know, I'm such an alcoholic type. I get more amazed as my sobriety lengthens as to how "garden variety" I really am. I go to my Step study, my Big Book, my As Bill See's It, my candlelight (I...
Listening to her Higher Power and other alcoholics led her on a wonderful 26-year journey
As a young girl, I wanted a life of adventure to escape what I saw as the boredom of growing up in Portland, Oregon. I have since been to many parts of the world, but my biggest adventure of all has...
It took 57 years, but she finally heard the words that told her who she was.
I knew in my heart and soul that alcohol was a problem in my life but didn't have the courage to share that inner knowledge with anyone else. If I did, then I couldn't take it back; I would not be...
A member tells how he found his way back to the religion of his childhood
Recently someone asked me if I believed in God. I smiled and said, “certainly,” however, it was not always so.   I was born into a Roman Catholic family and attended parochial grammar and high...
She came to see that there was something more powerful than her
The “God thing” kept me away from AA for the first two and a half years of my sobriety. I knew nothing about AA, but thought that it was a cult and a religious organization that insisted on believing...
His long downward slide ended one day as he ate his breakfast at a state mental hospital
My first real gift toward recovery from my addiction was a serendipitous awareness of a Higher Power. After a superlative academic performance in college and graduate school, I had gone through two...
A pilot shares the steps he takes to assure that his day has a smooth ride
I struggled with establishing a daily conscious contact with my Higher Power (God for me). As a pilot, I sought a tangible and mechanical way of practicing the spiritual each day. I was offered a few...
A prayer to God sent him to prison—but it also set him free
I took my last drink on May 5, 1996, and it was a doozy. The fallout from that episode was enough to open a window of opportunity and thrust me into the welcoming arms of AA. I had newfound hope,...

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