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May 2009

Six-Pack Lucky

After several relapses, a former sailor gets honest and asks for help

Six Pack Lucky; that's what the members in my district call me. Not because I drank beers by the half-dozen, but because I've celebrated six six-year periods of sobriety. That's right. After being sober for six years, I would become very complacent. I would stop going to meetings, talking to my sponsor (Hank has been my sponsor for 36 years), sharing with my sponsees, and reading my AA books and literature. I stopped my daily contact with my Higher Power, and, sure enough, something would tick me off and I would pick up. Usually not for long, as it's so true: AA spoils our drinking! After a day or two, I'd come back to my home group with my tail between my legs.

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