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Topic: Personal Stories
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...
She kept up a good front as she drank down the liquor and ran from her emotional past
A couple of years after my first AA meeting, a friend and I were reminiscing. She’d been there when I walked into the rooms for the first time. “You didn’t look like an alcoholic,” she said. “You...
One of the things I enjoy about AA is going to meetings when I travel or visit a new place.
Once, while visiting a small New England town, I went to a noontime Step meeting. It was a beautiful full-blossom May afternoon. I have to confess that this is the town where I had my first blackout...
Now when he takes the family to the stadium, he makes better plays and remembers the game
When I had about five years of sobriety, I went to a college football game and realized some of the pain I used to cause my wife of almost 37 years. I’m now able to go to games. It took almost two...

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