The 13th Step

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By Erin J. By the time I was 21, I had already completed two failed stints in rehab and was in and out of AA meeting rooms. I’m always hesitant to attach narratives to my past experiences because it’s so easy to package them neatly into little boxes and explain … Continue reading

High School Reunion

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By Sher G. This summer I flew to Denver to attend my 30th high school reunion. I’d attended my 20th and had a great time. I’d also had a few apologies to make, along with a handful of embarrassing memories that have lingered. There was Dan, who shared about joining … Continue reading

No Human Power

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“No matter how outlandish the proposition, if it is supported by impeccable evidence and logic, it is most likely true, at least until even more impeccable evidence and logic refutes it and progress is made. Truth. Honesty. Reliable Information. Any promise of that should be taken seriously.” Brent P. November … Continue reading

Don’t Throw the Baby Out

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By Laurie A. “His religious education and training may be far superior to yours…” (Working With Others, Big Book, page 93). That almost certainly applied to me when I was 12 Stepped by two AA members in August 1984; one man was a retired banker and the other an unemployed … Continue reading

My Last Traditional AA Meeting

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By Sher G. This story actually starts a bit before my final traditional AA meeting. The single most compelling thing for me when I started going to AA was when faces started to look familiar, and even more compelling was when some of those faces recognized mine and greeted me with … Continue reading

Alcoholism – What’s It All About?

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By bob k. “If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.” This is one of the descriptions of alcoholism from the book “Alcoholics Anonymous,” referred to affectionately by AA members … Continue reading