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Topic: Beginners/Newcomers
Shaking and scared, a newcomer recalls his mom's early days in AA.
It’s September 15th, 2013, and I feel like hell. It’s almost 7 P.M. and I’m sitting in the basement of a church I’ve never been in before. I’m hunched over in my metal chair with a styrofoam cup in...
Sometimes the little moments that almost pass us by turn out to be gigantic
Shaking and scared, a newcomer recalls his mom's early days in AA
Desperate to not drink on day one, a newcomer gets on her bicycle and takes her first suggestion
One Friday morning in March, I was lying on the sofa, shaking while holding the phone. I was listening to an AA named Mike and he was Twelfth-Stepping me. It would be many months before I realized...
Desperate to not drink on day one, a newcomer gets on her bicycle and takes her first suggestion
Squabbling ceased when a newcomer’s needs turned the group to its primary purpose
Former title: "The Challenge to Ego in Tradition Five" reprinted from Grapevine November 1976 TRADITION FIVE: Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still...
A General Service trustee remembers how much Young Peoples’ Conferences helped him get sober
I first came to AA as a teenager and got sober in my early 20s. I had the great privilege to serve as an area delegate, and I am currently a Class B General Service trustee. I also had the...
How a group in Canada showed a man with shaky hands that he was in the right place
As I got to my AA meeting, a car on the other side of the parking lot caught my attention. I didn’t understand what was going on at first. I could see this man’s eyes staring at me as I entered the...
Squabbling ceased when a newcomer’s needs turned the group to its primary purpose
A General Service trustee remembers how much Young Peoples’ Conferences helped him get sober

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