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Topic: Treatment Centers
A former high school teacher, now a non-alcoholic trustee, shares her story and returns the love
My exposure to the issue of alcoholism began when I started my career as a high school teacher. One of the things that I noticed was that my students were approaching me to tell me about problems in...
A former high school teacher, now non-alcoholic trustee, shares her story and returns the love
She was a dry drunk, searching and lost, until a suggestion by a teacher unexpectedly showed her the door to sobriety
Originally from Massachusetts, my ex-husband and I—both alcoholics, although we didn’t know it at the time—left there in 1970 driving a Volkswagen camper. We were headed for a new life in southern...
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...
When he got out of jail, he went straight to AA. Now he helps build a bridge for others
My first AA meeting was service. He was taking meetings into in the Placer County, California jail. The H&I (hospitals and intistitutions) volunteers bring in AA meetings every Wednesday night...
In early sobriety, when I had about five months, I found myself struggling with an eating disorder. It very quickly took a serious toll on my physical health and I had to leave my sober living group...
A gapper in New York City says helping new members get connected is the bright spot in his life
By the fall of 2010, I was homeless, unemployable, underweight, dirty, broke, insane and lost. My loving family was about to give up on me forever, and I was no longer allowed in my parents’...
A member shares a brief history of our wonderful, lifesaving local AA service
Terry L. is a past delegate (panel 63) from Southern Minnesota who has been involved with Bridging the Gap Twelfth Step work since the late 1980s. In 1991, he helped start the first Bridging the Gap...
I'm a volunteer for Bridging the Gap here in Sonoma County, California. Once a month I take a presentation into our local rehab facility. I explain to the clients that Bridging the Gap is there to...
Young and confused, he stayed close to some old-timers and his life got so much better
When I got sober 31 years ago at the age of 14, I needed AA badly. I was the youngest patient in the rehab where I’d been court-ordered to complete a recovery program for adolescents. The first...

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