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A Letter to my 18 Year Old Self

It is hard to look back and see how it would be possible before you are 18 for you to be able to take any of my advice. Life has been messy, very messy for you up to this point, and even looking back I can’t see any avenues for escape from the family that […]

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Did Drinking Save My Life?

In AA meetings I have heard people share the thought that drinking saved their life. Another goes along the lines of drink was my medicine. This post is about these two things as I have some doubts that this is true – however I might change my mind by the end. Teenage Drinking Like many, […]

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How Many AA Meetings A Week do You Attend?

Right now I attend only 1 or 2 AA meetings per week. It has not always been like this and looking back I think I have went through cycles that are fairly similar to other people. Why Go to AA Meetings? I started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meeting over twelve years ago. I only wanted […]

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So Smart I Can’t Make Myself Happy

This was my flash of wisdom during coffee with a friend one day last week.  I was talking about how many people when sharing in AA meeting sound like they are trying to prove how intelligent they are – so intelligent that they can’t make themselves happy. I find it frustrating when someone is a […]

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What is Experience Strength and Hope

I have been at a lot of AA meeting now.  I have heard a lot of stuff spoken about / shared.  Some of it used to drive me crazy, very little ever has that affect now.  However last week at a meeting I listened to someone share for about 10 minutes. The meetings I go […]

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A Head Full of Negative Thoughts

Today has been one of those days where as they say in AA my head is out to get me. Writing that sounds like not taking responsibility for my own thinking and life – that is the way thoughts are running around today. This morning I described it as existential angst. Wondering where I fit […]

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The Hardest Year of my Sobriety

The first year I was sober in Alcoholics Anonymous was hard, I expected it to be hard and I think that is were the difference lies. This last year has been the hardest year of my sobriety, but I did not see it coming and I did not expect it, as it has been now […]

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A Sober Dad in Alcoholics Anonymous

I am a sober Dad now in AA, not a first time Dad, so really I have the chance to do things much better this time.  This is an event that I could never have imagined happening again.  When I got sober I did not think I would have much of a life, but as […]

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