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Topic: Family
On her one-year anniversary, a member recalls the fear and excitement of early sobriety
I woke up this morning and my first thought of the day was ... I am one year sober today. A year ago today—right at this very moment—I was slamming down some wine while getting ready to head to the...
A near-fatal fall brought this teen into AA. Now the program is part of her family.
Today I truly believe in miracles. I still don’t understand everything that happens, and sometimes I don’t think everything is fair, but I’m coming to realize that’s OK. With over two years clean,...
After two years in hell, a 15-year-old wants to help others.
My life when I was younger was always great. I had a good family. I was always a happy little girl. Once I entered middle school everything changed—I got diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and ADHD...
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2004, a U.S. Coastguard representative stopped in front of my house at exactly 11:10 a.m., bringing me the horrific news that my son had died in a diving exercise on Oahu, Hawaii...
I almost died and I know it, Mom. I want to live a little.” My son spoke these words to me one morning when I was struggling to get out from under a hangover. My son had nearly been killed in a...
He turned it over with Step Three and found a welcoming haven in AA
When I was a 10-year-old kid, my family and I drove across the United States, from New Jersey to Utah, to visit relatives. In 1957 there were no superhighways after the turnpikes ended in Illinois....
A young mother gets a sober second shot at raising her children
“You don’t need to go to those meetings anymore,” I often hear. “You haven’t had a drink in years so you must be all right now.” Indeed, I’ve come a long way since the days when I was a slave to...
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....
After a childhood of solitary pursuits, she became a secret drinker
I always felt different, an outsider in a family of outsiders. I was adopted as an infant. My one brother was also adopted as well as my mother. Being adopted made me angry. As a small girl, I ripped...
Recovery from alcoholism brings this father and daughter closer after many years of difficulties
My father was my hero. Actually, he still is, even though he passed away in November of 2005. He was a man of great character and integrity and had an incredible sense of humor, which he maintained...

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