November 2019 | Grapevine Classics

A wind of spirit

A Wyoming man’s relapse on Thanksgiving day leads him back to the Steps and a spiritual journey

When I got out of the hospital after being dried out and educated a bit about alcoholism, I knew that if I didn’t do something about my drinking, I was going to lose everything I had—wife, children, business, money, home. So I went to AA. I’d had a taste of AA in the hospital, and though I had some reservations, in general I liked it. I was welcomed sincerely and genuinely at my first meeting out of the hospital; in fact, the chairman got up out of his chair and walked halfway to the door to greet me. “Bob,” he said, “we’re glad you’re here,” and I knew I was in the right place. I have heard hundreds of people say the same thing since.


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