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Topic: Relationships
How a World War II vet taught this member about unconditional love.
When I came to Alcoholics Anonymous, in June 1988, I was in a world of pain and paralyzed by fear. When I read the “Doctor’s Opinion” in the Big Book, I knew that you folks knew what you were talking...
A couple discover how to enjoy quality time together after their obligations to others.
In the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, we are told our common AA experiences can be an advantage in relationship building, but also gently admonished that “it is only when boy meets girl on AA...
The work in AA has helped this couple bring their relationship to a richer, deeper level.
I was six months short of 40 when I took my last drink. My two children were in junior high and high school, driving me crazy, and I had a marriage that was in the final stages of destruction. I...
AA taught him not to take any flak for being gay
Growing up in rural Indiana, I never planned on being an alcoholic any more than I planned on being gay. I had a relatively normal childhood. I was the next to last of five kids. My dad worked in a...
A crush on her sponsor cracks the protective shell around her sexuality
Growing up, I felt terminally unique. I made great attempts to be better than most at everything I did—school, work, relationships, etc. There always seemed to be a gap in my ability to conform to...
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...
Two women, inseparable in drinking and sobriety, until one relapses
My last drinking buddy turned into my first sponsor. Our final night on the town ended with her swerving home across the Golden Gate Bridge and misplacing her car somewhere in Sausalito. Two weeks...
An AA relationship is put to the ultimate test when a wife's affair with his sponsee is revealed
I was sitting there minding my own business in the front row of my home group, about 90 days off booze, when she walked in. I have no hair, so I could feel her eyes burning into the back of my skull...
They couldn't be more different, yet their bond is unshakeable
Uh, hello?” I said into the receiver of my 100 pound telephone. I didn’t recognize the number on the Caller ID. “Hi Beverly! It’s Joan E., from the Saturday morning women’s meeting, just calling to...
After several days in a cheap motel, he wasn't betting heavily on his chances for sobriety
By the time I reached 60, I figured my chances at finding any real happiness or peace were slim to none. It was a matter of living with what I had created and waiting for the sand to pass through the...

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