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Why Did I Drink; Does it Matter?

Why Did I Drink; Does it Matter?

I do not know why I drank; I do not know why I drank to excess. Drinking changed my relationships, threatened my livelihood and just made me look stupid. I did not always think so…

About Sponsorship in AA

About Sponsorship in AA

As a newcomer, I felt as if I was under constant pressure to get a sponsor. During meetings people often shared tidbits of wisdom bestowed upon them from their sponsors. Some claimed you couldn’t work the program without one, while others described drill sergeant sponsors who straightened them out…

Dr. Benjamin Rush

Dr. Benjamin Rush

“Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was the first member of the (American) medical community to write about alcoholism and suggest it might be an illness… a ‘disease process’”. (The Roundtable of AA History, Silkworth.net) This was fully one hundred years before the…

A Letter to My Sponsor

A Letter to My Sponsor

You came into my life at a time when I most needed someone to help guide me through the AA program. Your words helped calm my fears as I started out in my sobriety and gave me strength to stand in my own truth. I have valued you as a…

Rowland Hazard

Rowland Hazard

A certain American businessman had ability, good sense, and high character. For years he had floundered from one sanitarium to another. He had consulted the best known American psychiatrists. Then he had gone to Europe, placing himself in the care of a celebrated physician (the psychiatrist, Dr. Jung) who prescribed…

Transformation

Transformation

I just wanted to stop drinking alcohol because, that’s all that I thought that I needed to do. Truth be known, I just wanted to stop drinking for a while, just long enough to save my marriage, my career, my relationship with my son and daughters, and a handful…

Update: Does ‘The God Word’ Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Update: Does ‘The God Word’ Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

All the way back in late October, we posted Does the “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change? ,which addressed our concerns that the recently published pamphlet, “The God Word”, was titled in a way that wouldn’t attract newcomers struggling with the religiosity in AA…

Elisabeth H.

Elisabeth H.

A Secular Sobriety, authored by Dale K. is an invaluable tool for anyone who may be interested in a secular interpretation of the 164 pages of AA’s Big Book. Dale takes the reader through the first 164 pages, but rewritten as a secular version of the book. The book…

That Nudge From the Judge

That Nudge From the Judge

In 2007, Barry Ansten Hazle, then 39 years old, was sentenced to one year in prison for methamphetamine-related charges in Shasta County, California. The chronic meth addict served his time and was released on parole. One of the terms of parole was that he attend a 90-day, residential…

My Liver is Fine: An Excerpt from “The Beginning of the End”

My Liver is Fine: An Excerpt from “The Beginning of the End”

To put it bluntly, I’ve been slowly dying over the past few years. It’s hard to determine exactly when I started dying, but the cold hard facts of my life changed about three years ago. It was Father’s Day, a particularly difficult day for me because I…