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Topic: Beginners/Newcomers
After dropping out of high school in 1948 (it was the school’s idea), I enlisted in the U.S. Army. I went in as a private, and four years later I was discharged as a private. My claim to fame was...
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...
With 26 days sober, it was her birthday and she had an emotional meeting with her parents. But a surprise was yet to come
Just four days shy of 30 days sober, I turned 28. While I had already experienced a couple of miracles from the program (I went to a NFL game without drinking!), I was dreading having a birthday...
Early sobriety can be a bumpy ride, but some days it’s like a smooth ride in a shiny new car
The other night, I was talking to a friend outside of my AA meeting. “It seems like I was more on top of things when I was drinking,” he said. “I always paid my bills on time. I had a steady job.”...

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