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July 2024

Annual Prison Issue

This month is our “Annual Prison Issue.” Members from inside and outside share powerful stories about getting and staying sober in prison.

Grapevine Daily Quote July 13

“I opened the door and walked into the warmth, the laughter, the acceptance, and the love that is AA. No one asked me who I was or what I wanted; no one asked me how much money I had or what I did for a living; no one asked me where I did my drinking or what my sexual preferences were. The smiling man who greeted me told me that night that if I thought I had a drinking problem, I was in the right place.”

“Above All, an Alcoholic,” Toledo, Ohio, September 1982, In Our Own Words: Stories of Young AAs in Recovery

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A Beautiful Finish

When I was growing up on the east coast of Canada, I was exposed to alcohol as a child. It was a glass of wine on Christmas Eve, a sip of my uncle’s brandy or my auntie’s gin.

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Sick Puppies

I’m an alcoholic and a gang member. I’m 26 years into a life sentence and I’m sober.   I belong to an AA group here in Soledad called Sick Puppies.

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A Power That Can’t Be Broken

As a very small child,  I felt close to God. My mother passed away when I was 6, which was a traumatic experience.  as I grew older I started to feel that I was different.

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Making It Right

The phone was ringing. I opened my eyes to discover it was already light outside. Disoriented, I sat up in bed.

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164 Pages of Hope

I arrived in prison in August 2020. I spent my first few weeks in an intake unit waiting to find out what my security and housing unit was.

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Priceless

I have always had a very complicated relationship with money, one fraught with shame and guilt. I grew up in a home in which money was weaponized.

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Grapevine Daily Quote July 13

“I opened the door and walked into the warmth, the laughter, the acceptance, and the love that is AA. No one asked me who I was or what I wanted; no one asked me how much money I had or what I did for a living; no one asked me where I did my drinking or what my sexual preferences were. The smiling man who greeted me told me that night that if I thought I had a drinking problem, I was in the right place.”

“Above All, an Alcoholic,” Toledo, Ohio, September 1982, In Our Own Words: Stories of Young AAs in Recovery

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