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Topic: Work/Career
A high-priced attorney’s biggest battle is with the bottle
Thought about alcohol all the time, beginning each morning, when I’d curse myself for getting drunk the night before. My hangover was usually crushing and it took great effort to look refreshed...
When booze stopped working, she felt more alienated than ever
Two weeks before Christmas, I was called into my bosses’ office and given the standard, “You’re not a great fit and we have to let you go.” Wonderful! Could this year have gotten any better? I just...
A work-hard, play-hard lifestyle became a work-obsessively, drink-alcoholically way of life
I had been drinking daily for roughly 17 years and drinking alcoholically for approximately 24 years before I came in contact with AA. Somehow, even with the blackouts, accidents, injuries and basic...
A sober member celebrating a year looks back on a life with alcohol that began when he was 9 years old
I had my first drink at the age of nine. One of my most vivid memories of childhood was the Sunday afternoon my parents allowed my sister and me to each have a glass of sherry. It stands out as a...
Losing his medical license over painkiller abuse was the beginning of a sixteen year bout with alcoholism until one fateful incident
I was thirty years old, working as a pediatrics nurse, father to a two year old boy and married to a woman who was also in the medical profession when my story began. My wife and I had decided to...
A seafaring man finds sobriety and the greatest adventure of his life in AA
I was born with a wanderlust that could only be slacked by going to sea. My childhood dreams always involved traveling the world in search of great adventure. It's not surprising that I took to the...
A cop realizes he needs assistance and requires back up to deal with his alcoholism
I'm a law enforcement officer and also a recovering alcoholic. For most of my working career, I was a full-fledged, functional alcoholic. I would be at roll call or on duty with the worst hangovers....
A man learns with the Eleventh Step that we all need a little help getting back into the water
One day I was walking along the beach after a meeting. I saw an old man walking toward me. Every so often, he would kneel down, pick something up and study it for a moment. Then, he would either put...
He turned the loss of his job into a new opportunity with the tools of AA
My office intercom intoned its alert that someone wanted to speak with me. "Marc, come to my office." "Yes, sir," I answered. It was difficult at first because of my pride and ego, but for the last...
How AA helped a member become self-supporting through his own contributions
Tradition seven: Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. As someone who, in Bill W.’s words, can tend “to view with alarm for the good of AA,” I was...

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