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July 1988

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Tradition Three

First of all, I speak as a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I owe everything in my life today to the recovery given to me in our program. I would also like to say that I came back into AA on the Third Tradition: "The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking." I would not be alive or a free man today if I had not already known that no one could stop me from attending and participating in a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. During my last relapse I offended and probably terrified many AA members in this city because of my violent and bizarre behavior while under the influence. My actions included carrying firearms into AA members' homes, spitting on a member and violently denouncing AA in local clubs and restaurants--behavior which I was not particularly proud of the next day.

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