No Need to Apply
The outpatient treatment center where I was staying had finally had enough of my excuses and threatened to kick me out if I didn’t attend an AA meeting. So off I went, kicking and screaming to my first meeting.
I told my wife afterward that it wasn’t so bad. The next day there was another meeting, then another and so on. I loved the meetings and I found myself showing up early and staying late.
But after a while, I mentioned to my wife that no one had asked me to join. She suggested that I look for an application form laying around somewhere. Oh…I hadn’t thought of that! But then a miracle happened. Some parts of the Preamble slipped through my filter and I heard that I was a member of AA if I said I was. And, what’s more, I heard that there were no dues or fees!
Today, I try to always remember that lesson. I welcome the newcomer as I was welcomed. It’s not up to me to decide if anyone else is an alcoholic. We each learn what we are when we start our individual Step work with a sponsor, as I did.
So today I am a grateful alcoholic and sober member of AA. The only requirement of AA membership is that I have a desire to stop drinking, which I do—every day.