Personal Stories

March 24, 2021
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Regaining My Dignity and Self Respect

I Was Already Getting Relief In my most desperate days, I was the guy standing around in the parking lot 15 minutes early, along with one […]
February 24, 2020

Through Our Own Contributions

“Get a sponsor, get a home group, and get something to do at that home group,” was a continuing mantra at the treatment facility I attended […]
February 24, 2020

Reckless Romancing

AA’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions describes an emotionally mature alcoholic as one who is “finally convinced that reckless romancing is not a way of life.” […]
June 4, 2019

Something Shared

My biggest fear, from the very start, has been that I would drink again. Upon reading about Jim and his glass of whiskey-laced milk (p. 35-37), […]
April 30, 2019

Meeting Makers Make It — Sort Of (Relief is Not Release)

After twenty-plus years of unsuccessfully “quitting drinking forever,” I was finally taken to my first AA meeting. I was coming off a three-day drinking binge, still […]
April 30, 2019

I Won’t Drink

On our way to Columbus last month to the first Ohio General Service Conference, we had the good fortune to share a seat on the train […]
February 6, 2019

Coming Home, A Returnee’s Story

Let’s face it, returning to A.A. after relapsing can be extremely uncomfortable, and I should know because I’ve been a periodic “slipper” over the past 20 […]
July 25, 2018
Spiritual Awakening

A Profound Change of Perception

A Spiritual Awakening at Its Best Years before I came to Alcoholics Anonymous I was aware that there was something dreadfully wrong with me but not […]
January 25, 2018
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My A.A. Sponsors

I got sober at a treatment facility in the fall of 1984. A counselor lined me up with Don S, a local AA. He got me […]
December 21, 2017

The Speed of Life

I’m seven years old and every adult in my immediate environment is drinking daily and it isn’t hard for me to get a taste of beer, […]
October 2, 2017

Asking for Guidance

I came into A.A. bankrupt in every department. When I started to work the steps, my first big challenge was to find a power greater than […]
July 28, 2017

The God Idea

In the meetings that I attend on a regular basis the topic of God comes up quite often and that’s not surprising since there is such […]