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Topic: Personal Stories
A married couple crossed the country to follow a dream—but the bottle led the way</p>
I spent my childhood living in the home of an angry, hard-working, but also hard-drinking man. Every night, I watched him turn into a raging alcoholic and I could not understand how someone I loved...
A surprise visit to his son’s college became the final test of his own drinking
A married couple crossed the country to follow a dream—but the bottle led the way
At the end of his drinking, he went home, thinking it was to die
"There has got to be another way to live," I thought aloud as I stared at my haggard reflection in the mirror on the morning of November 16, 2010. I was coming off another bender to which I could...
She discovered that she could have fun sober
I was a separated, 22-year-old newlywed when I left my hometown and moved to Tucson, Ariz., looking for a way out of my misery. I was not a nice girl. My family, disgusted with my behavior since my...
An AA member shows how his life changed with sobriety
I came to the point of nothingness after having lived in hell for 48 years. I have experienced all kinds of wickedness, all of them masterminded by myself. There was no one to blame, although blaming...
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...

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