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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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That Our Lives Had Become Unmanageable

This is my thoughts on the second part of the first step of AA, (first part). Was my life truly unmanageable?  Sometimes yes, sometimes no – but the longer I drunk alcohol and used drugs the more unmanageable my life became.  I didn’t come from a settled background, something that seems typical of a lot […]

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We Admitted We Were Powerless Over Alcohol

I like to think of the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous as having two parts.  For me admitting that I am powerless over alcohol and then admitting that my life is unmanageable were much easier when one came after the other. A lot is made in meetings of AA about powerlessness – however the word […]

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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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The First Step of Alcoholics Anonymous

In the beginning at Alcoholics Anonymous admitting that I was powerless over alcohol was easy. I could see all the times that I had tried to stop drinking alcohol and failed. One particular moments comes to mind that reminds of this issue. This event is more than twenty years ago and is still clear in […]

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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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