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Topic: Personal Stories
A mother recalls how she used to wait outside the liquor store and wonder how people lived their lives
As a kid, I was given every opportunity to succeed, to lead a healthy and happy life. But for reasons I don’t understand, I became an alcoholic. What’s more, I believe I was destined to be one....
Right when the meeting was over, a stranger put his hand up to share something he’ll never forget
At just five months sober, this year I attended the Area 3 annual convention in Pinetop, Arizona. I looked forward to escaping the Phoenix heat and taking part in my first AA convention in the cool...
I got sober when I was 24, and I often state that you don’t stop drinking when you’re 24 unless it was really bad.
So when I found my way into AA I was all in: home group, service, sponsor, Steps, meditation. And I thrived. I started growing up in AA. After I graduated from school, I decided I was sober enough to...
The greatest possible gift is the return of something treasured that was lost. In her case, that meant God
I look around the rooms and marvel at the “young” people—AAs who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, some of whom have a number of 24 hours under their belts. Not so with me. I was 60 years, 1 month and 2...
With an open mind about prayer and meditation, he went on a quest, dove into the Steps and discovered his own bit of paradise
Who knows where having an open mind can lead? My AA story began with a spiritual experience, although I didn’t really recognize it at the time. It was November 1979. My best drinking buddy had just...
A man with 10 months goes back to prison, his entire support system gone. How would he stay sober?
When I had 10 months sober, I went to prison. It was quite a culture shock. I had been going to AA meetings almost every day and now I was locked in a prison that had one meeting a month. We could...
It was three days before my six-year sobriety birthday and I went back out! It took exactly three seconds to say, “hell with it,” and take that drink. I had pulled away from the program because my...

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