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Topic: Spirituality
My place of employment for the last 25 years offers me the best opportunity to apply the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have spent more time here than anywhere else, over half my life, mostly...
Saying yes to service revives a dead meeting
The morning meeting had just ended.  Some attendees had already left and a few remained to play cards or read a newspaper when a lady I had never seen before entered the front door and walked up...
Faith keeps a questioner sober
My biggest lie of my life was that I was not an alcoholic. Only when AA helped me to get rid of that false idea, after many years of drinking, could my recovery process start. This happened in 1983...
A playful paw helps shift her perceptions
It was early, only 6:30 a.m., and the day was going to be hot. I was mildly sullen and already moving slowly in anticipation of the heat. I had already informed my lovable labradoodle, Jack, and my...
The road back to normal is not always straight
If you take a small, precious living creature and make a home for it in a bowl of alcohol and drugs, eventually it will not know much about anything. If the creature spends a lifetime in the bowl and...
Surrendering to the moment brings personal victory
When I first came through these doors, I was defeated; totally ready to do what was necessary to stay sober. I didn’t know that I was a child mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I just knew that I...
A promising career is snuffed out by alcoholism
I am sitting in the airport waiting for a delayed flight out of San Francisco. Four years ago I came to the city by the bay with a notebook full of drunken musings and a head full of my best ideas,...
He finally accepted his alcoholism, his sexuality and his life
In May 1996, when I first came to Alcoholics Anonymous, I heard people say that they were alcoholics waiting to happen. That was me, too. I had never felt comfortable in my own skin. I thought it was...
A work-hard, play-hard lifestyle became a work-obsessively, drink-alcoholically way of life
I had been drinking daily for roughly 17 years and drinking alcoholically for approximately 24 years before I came in contact with AA. Somehow, even with the blackouts, accidents, injuries and basic...
He “got” Step Two by plugging into a beautiful floor console television
Near the beginning of my sobriety, I found myself talking with a sponsor about Step Two, and he encouraged me, as our literature does, to ask myself what kind of God or Higher Power I was willing to...

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