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Topic: Gratitude
An old-timer’s journey out of fear and shame that people would find out he joined AA
When I came to my first meeting, alcoholism wasn’t a trendy thing. It was not yet the defense de jour for entertainers or politicians in trouble with the law. It was a word for derelicts of society....
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...
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...
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...
Scotch on a camping trip sent this boy down the wrong path.
It was only supposed to be a two-day hike. But this was the end of day three. With no sign of the camp we should’ve been back to sometime yesterday, we were lost, tired and aching from head to foot....
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...
A young writer chases his dreams into a bottle and finds his way to AA
On Monday mornings in high school I would appear in my classes haggard and disheveled. I was secretly proud of the fact that I was worse for the wear after a weekend of hard partying. I had always...
It took years for this member to see that an old-timer’s simple message was the way to go.
“There she goes again,” I said as I nudged another newcomer next to me. She was Mercy, one of the matriarchs of the Monday night meeting who at that time had 30-plus years of sobriety. I was a...
He couldn’t believe the belligerent monster on the TV screen was him
Your first AA meeting can be a scary place. You’re not only unsure about yourself and your reasons for being there, but you’re also overwhelmed with fear and doubt that the program actually works....

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