Personal Stories

January 30, 2023

Zooming Across the Globe

I Found Cleveland I am what is called a “Zoom baby”. My first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and for the next two years, was all online due […]
January 4, 2023

Tell Your Hospital or Treatment Experience Story

Bill emphasized that alcoholism was a malady of mind, emotions, and body. Bill learned this important fact from Dr. William D. Silkworth of Towns Hospital in […]
October 31, 2022

There Is Hope

It is said that every alcoholic has his own rock bottom, his own gutter. I had watched my career, my profession and my health vanish without […]
October 31, 2022

Customs or Traditions

Sometimes I Just Cringe The 1960s reminded us that, “Things they are a-changin.” This theme still echoes into today’s AA meeting room customs. Some of these […]
October 11, 2022

That Little Boy Was Not a Jerk

What Went Wrong Between Then and Now I was deeply touched by what I heard a young man at a meeting share about planning a party […]
October 11, 2022

A Good Memory of a Good Friend

I attended an incredible rustic retreat one time in the north of Lower Michigan, near Charlevoix. How did I find out about this small event? From […]
June 30, 2022

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Step Study Meetings I consider myself to be one of the fortunate ones that came to Alcoholics Anonymous in 1969, at the age of 28, desperately […]
April 1, 2022

Who’s to Know

On a dreary day two years ago, I was in downtown Detroit handling some very unpleasant personal business. My plans and expectations had suddenly dissolved in […]
March 3, 2022

The Rite of Writing

In 1986 I was alone for a few days in a cheap hotel in Detroit. I’d been betrayed and was despondent, distrustful, and depressed. Looking through […]
March 3, 2022

A Disease of Perception

When My Desperation Outweighed My Denial Alcoholism is often referred to as a disease of perception. And, oh, how I find that statement to be true! […]
March 24, 2021

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 […]