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Topic: Relationships
Remembering what it was like to get sober as a woman in the early days of AA in the Twin Cities
My name is Betty H., and I'm an alcoholic. In 1953 I got sober. I'm not sure what led me to sobriety—a three-day binge, my husband's threats to haul me to the state hospital, or suddenly being sick...
The blame game ended when her husband took his life
When he was 34, my alcoholic husband committed suicide on our wedding anniversary. He had decided that our family would be better off without him. In the 13 years we were married, I’d become familiar...
A 50th high school reunion afforded her an opportunity to make an amends to an old friend
I was looking forward to a reunion with four women whom I went to high school with 50 years ago. Our weekends together had become an annual event. A stay in Maine in a lovely home surrounded by trees...
A cherished AA slogan comforts a newly sober husband after the loss of his wife
When I first entered the rooms of AA, a little more than 30 years ago, I noticed a sign on the wall that assured me that “This too shall pass.” I certainly hoped so. At the ripe old age of 24, I was...
The story of a couple who met in AA and later married
Before recovery, I had no idea how to have a successful relationship with anyone. Once in recovery it was still hard, because I'd never done it, but at least sober I was in with a chance. I came in...
Her son's despair over her alcoholism became the cornerstone of her sobriety
His deep blue eyes became wide when he saw us for the first time and he whispered shyly, "That's my new Mommy and Daddy." I knew at that moment that this little three-year-old child was our son and I...
Two women prove to be a lifeline for one another in sobriety
I am a black woman from Texas, whose spiritual path could be described as "New Age." Maria is a Puerto Rican who was raised in New York City and is a devout Catholic. I have less than two years...
It's simple, once you know where to look
Pull up a chair; I have a story to share with you. I was almost two years sober in AA, and I was happily married, I thought. We had a one-year-old son. One night, I came home from a meeting all...
When I was sober four months I made a geographical cure South. I had gotten divorced after almost 20 years of marriage and wanted to get as far away as I could. I was in Florida a couple of months...
A woman searches for her sexual ideal in sobriety
The ideal for sex is mentioned in the Big Book. “We asked God to mold our ideals and help us live up to them … Whatever our ideal turns out to be, we must be willing to grow toward it ... In...

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