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Topic: Health
Cancer, a gambling addiction, a heart attack, a husband’s affair … and she still didn’t drink.
Today is Remembrance Day and, thanks to AA, I have a lot to be grateful for. On November 30, 2010, I celebrated 41 years of sobriety and on Dec. 5, 2010, I turned 68. You would think with all those...
For nine years I went to Catholic School, learning about church, prayer and God. The following three years were a blur as I entered the public school system and was introduced to all the things that...
A former cowboy turned to alcohol to treat his physical pain and found himself with more problems than he started with
I spent my younger years on the road. I left home at age 16 to compete in professional rodeos and dabble at writing. I lived out of a battered suitcase, and grew up in the dusty arenas and the well-...
Kidney surgery took her 500 miles from home, but brought her closer to the Fellowship
The benefits from being a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 25 years are immeasurable, but they are so much greater when you’ve spent over 20 years with the same home group. My home group...
While waiting for a transplant, an alcoholic suffering from cirrhosis gets sober and begins a new life
The first AA meeting I attended, I shakily entered the door with the help of a walker and my daughter. I had applied lots of make-up, but my yellow skin belied my attempts. I was early, and there...
His addictive side emerged in early childhood when he would hoard sugary drinks
From the time I remember I wanted to do what I liked all of the time. I liked soda and could drink it until I got sick. At age six I would sneak a bottle and then hide it so my parents could not see...
An AA member uses the Twelve Steps to help her with surgery and recovery
I had been experiencing physical pain for about a year before I was officially diagnosed with degenerative disk problems and made an appointment with the neurosurgeon. I had met him before: An...
A member reflects on her 28th anniversary
I used to love to cry. I never knew why melancholy appealed to me so much. Looking over my past yet another time, it all makes sense. But now the opposite is true. There is nothing better than a...
Inspired by one man's service, she struck it rich giving back
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson’s, which is progressive and affects all the systems of my body. Soon afterward, I was given the gift of clinical depression—and these...
Secret sips of alcohol in her childhood had given way to alcoholism by her early 20s
My family has a long history of alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, and physical abuse. My family loved one another but had no idea how to show it. As I grew up, I found myself attracted to...

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