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November 1988

PO Box 1980

As we once were

After reading in the Grapevine on the importance of local intergroup offices and telephone answering services, I became a volunteer. It's been a couple of months since I started this and feel that it is an honor.

What troubles me the most is how hard it can be to get someone to go out on a twelfth step call. On page 87 of the Big Book it says that helping others is the foundation stone of our recovery. A kindly act once in a while isn't good enough. You have to act the good Samaritan every day. It may mean the loss of many nights sleep, great interference with your pleasures, interruptions to your business, but this is just a small part of working with others. We are responsible for carrying the message always, not just when it fits our schedule.

So, please, when you get that call from the central office looking for an available twelfth-stepper, realize that it could mean life or death for an alcoholic who is suffering as we once were.

Editor's note: Due to an overwhelming response to the article "Are We Scaring Newcomers Away?" in the June 1988 issue, don't be surprised to see more than a few letters (akin to the following five) appearing here in upcoming issues.