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Topic: Beginners/Newcomers
Broke and lonely, a newcomer looking to do service hits the road and gets an unexpected surprise
It was a cold and snowy Christmas morning when I awoke in my friend’s apartment. She had flown to California and asked me to house-sit for two weeks and feed her cat. I had been sober for barely two...
Why would a man leave his warm home on Christmas Eve to drive 17 miles in the snow?
I finally came to the end of myself. I knew for certain I no longer had to pretend to look good for anyone. I was completely exhausted and worn out from pretending. I surrendered. Though I didn’t...
It’s wasn’t who won or lost, it was about the stories the old-timers told
I got sober at a clubhouse in the San Fernando Valley called The Nest. At the time, when you entered The Nest the main AA meeting room was to your left and an overflow area and the kitchen were...
A newcomer wants to hide at her first AA meeting, until she is surrounded by welcoming women who make sure that she is okay
I am deeply embarrassed yet oddly grateful for my most recent binge-drinking episode. There was no "trigger" or anything like that. I confess I was feeling sad and lonely. Wine turned to vodka, then...

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