My 1 year gift
December 2022 | Remote Communities & Sober Holidays | Step Twelve

My 1 year gift

The phone rang. It was a nurse. She asked if we could come down to talk to a man in the ER. Roy said, “You answered the phone, so it’s your Twelfth Step call.”

When I walked into the Northland Group in Austin, Texas in June of 1982, I didn’t know what to expect. I was a tough guy from Staten Island, totally bankrupt mentally, spiritually and physically. My Uncle Abe, who was sober 11 years at that time, took me to my first AA meeting and told me there were 12 Steps on the wall. “Read the First Step,” he told me, “and stop at the word alcohol—work on that.” When I read the Step, I said, “Uh oh, here we go,” but I took his suggestion.


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