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

Walking away

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?

Whats It All About

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

Are you willing to do anything to stay sober?

Flower

By Sher G. Any time I talked with my sponsor, her responses seemed overwhelmingly to miss the mark. She used AA expressions to minimize or dismiss my struggles. I found myself getting increasingly defensive and offering up ever more dramatic accounts to express how hard things really were; but everything … Continue reading

A true partnership

Wayne M.

By Roger C. I first met Wayne in the rooms of AA. Mind you, these were not traditional AA rooms. Wayne would have nothing to do with the “God bit” in AA and so his home group since it was founded in the fall of 2009 was an agnostic AA group … Continue reading

Perry Street Workshop

Perry Outside

By John L. Thousands of people, now living all over the world, have found sobriety in a storefront room in New York City’s Greenwich Village: the Perry Street Workshop.  For me Perry Street will always be Alcoholics Anonymous, my home base no matter where I am.  In 2008, as Perry … Continue reading