I Am a Member of Alcoholics Anonymous

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     Gratitude I was thinking of some of the many reasons that I am I am thankful to my sobriety today. That I will not die as a drunk. I used to fear this more than anything: dying before I could prepare myself. That I have a Higher Power now, and it is not alcohol...
    willieboy3011 willieboy3011
    51-55, M
    1 Response Oct 1, 2010

    Proposed Steps. People are capable of

    self-direction and self-responsibility. Having the steps in the first person helps emphasize the need for individual decision making and responsibility within the group atmosphere. 1. I realize that I am not in control of my use of alcohol. 2. I acknowledge that a spiritual...
    PiscesDream PiscesDream
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Feb 7, 2014

    This song that I am posting is meant to be

    for certain men who I have met in the program. The lyrics at the beginning remind me so much of what a wise person said to me - something along these lines. Those men are not who they pretend to be. They will take you out and when they get you home they will take out their key...
    PiscesDream PiscesDream
    51-55, F
    Feb 8, 2014

    Another awesome meeting last night.

    Newcomers who remind me of the road we once travelled an old timers who showed us the destination. Thanks all!! Every day I get soberer and soberer thanks to all of u. Like Jack Nocholson said- u make me want to be a better man😄!
    Sugarman245 Sugarman245
    46-50, M
    Jan 29, 2014

    My Story.

    Kia Ora and Hello,   My name is Carey and I am an Alcoholic from Down Under, New Zealand, Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud under the Southern Cross.   Kia Ora is the Maori greeting and translated means Be Well.   I am sober by the grace of a loving God...
    careyj careyj
    3 Responses Jan 22, 2011

    Emotional Sobriety

      "Our Primary Purpose is to Stay Sober and Help Other Alcoholics to Achieve Sobriety."   In Bill's Story he wrote "While I lay in the hospital the thought came that there were thousands of hopeless alcoholics who might be glad to have what had been so freely given to...
    careyj careyj
    Nov 25, 2011

    Sangha Invitation

    In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. Mindfulness practice is being employed in Western psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Apr 20, 2013

    grace of the god and help of the AA i am sober

    today. thanks god thanks wonderful fellowship
    alpesh9690 alpesh9690
    36-40, M
    1 Response Feb 9, 2015

    Shoe Souls

    Make sure your shoe souls are clean when you’re walking through someone else’s life.Luv Y'all,Arohanui,Carey
    careyj careyj
    Mar 9, 2013

    Hey Alkie 12 Steppers

    Are you going to start a dead pool on George Zimmerman? I mean why not? You place bets on people's sobriety waiting to see if they're going to die of alcoholism?
    Spiritlight1989 Spiritlight1989
    Jul 15, 2013

    Dancing Evergreen

    I checked the number on the incoming call vibrating in my hand. It was a call I was required, by law, to answer twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.I practice walking meditation and breathing exercises around an old historic State Penitentiary long since closed and turned...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2013

    Just For Today I'm a Recovered Alcoholic

    Gladdened to find some "friends of bill w." here. s/d 4/09/87 Plant City Fl. resident since 1988, married to another recovered alcoholic 21 years. Stage IV cancer dignosis Sept. 2006 "happy, joyous and free" thanks in whole to the first 164 pages of ...
    thbirdrock thbirdrock
    7 Responses Oct 2, 2008

    90 days today! a miserable holiday

    but another day not picking up is a great feeling.
    deleted deleted
    9 Responses Nov 28, 2014


    By the Grace of God 9/4/89 was first day of sobriety, and I have not found it necessary to take a drink since then.   19 years later i am still going to 2 or 3 meeting a week and really its the only the only saving grace to my life. My struggles today are all self-esteem...
    Smokeseek Smokeseek
    36-40, M
    6 Responses Oct 16, 2008

    Like Lime On Trees

    “Do you think you’re sitting over there drinking that alcohol like water because you’re trying to feel more insecure about yourself?”Jimmie turned away from Spoojack and looked down the street. His eyes were filling with tears. He would not believe what he was to see. But...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 1, 2013

    Thank You Alcoholics Anonymous

    I celebrated 21 years of continuous sobriety in AA on May 27. Got sober in 1988. The past 21 years have been quite a journey. My husband got sober 9 days before I did. When he came home from detox he dragged me into the rooms of AA kicking and screaming, "what am I...
    ileness ileness
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Nov 26, 2009

    In the Fall of 2013 I came around to the same

    old conclusion that I really should do something about my drinking. I had been binge drinking daily for nearly 5 years and was always greeted with mixed feelings of disappointment and relief when I woke up from another hard night. I knew that I had one of two choices. I could...
    sapphiresky86 sapphiresky86
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 2, 2014

    Tomorrow I Get To Speak The First Time At Aa

    not sure what I am going to say... but I pray and trust God that He, as I see Him, will help me to be organized in my words and be able to communicate understanding and health to the others in my AA group, who I love and who love me!
    mama12345678 mama12345678
    51-55, F
    Dec 7, 2012

    50% Distraction Vs 50% Focus

    My date is Dec. 27, 2011. Within a week I got a sponser, a home group, and job within. I was given suggestions to live by. No major changes, don't quit job, no relationships, and don't change your residence. I did live by them...modified! The following is the short version of...
    Gonnagetit Gonnagetit
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Jun 11, 2012

    Going To Meeting Today....

    was really really good. I met two new friends. sat and talked with a friend. reached out to others and others reached out to me. I love my friends at AA
    mama12345678 mama12345678
    51-55, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2012
    Spiritlight1989 Spiritlight1989
    Oct 2, 2013

    AA Gave Me a Life

    I had a life not worth living until God brought me to AA. I have been an active member since 1999. I have a home group, a sponsor and a sobriety date. I sponsor guys and they sponsor guys. We go places together, conferences, meetings, jails and institutions carrying the...
    Wineo Wineo
    12 Responses Oct 21, 2008

    To My Ex Best Friend...(Goodbye)

    To my ex best friend, I know you must hate my meetings, hate that I have new friends, and hate that I am moving on with my life. At first we were mere aquantances, meeting up at a party every now and again, I started to get to know you….and I fell inlove. You were my best...
    IfOnlyIHadWingz IfOnlyIHadWingz
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Oct 13, 2013

    Twas The Night Before Christmas, Big Book Style!

    'Twas the night before Christmas, we were all in the club, Enjoying a meeting, instead of a pub. The ashtrays were clean, and the coffee was made, The Big Books were out and then we all prayed. When out in the lot, there arose such a clatter, We all jumped up to see what was...
    SaratogaGirl SaratogaGirl
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Dec 10, 2010

    A.A rocks "! is not an easy path at the

    beguinnig but as you stick to the program you will succeed!!! Only for today :)
    Liz0223 Liz0223
    26-30, F
    Jul 9, 2015

    If You Don'T Get It, You Don'T Get It.

    From the outside I am a normal girl. Until you see me close up, I am insane, weird, and some how sober. But if you REALLY know me you know I am a mere young alcoholic trying to stay sober. **** trying, I am staying sober. But from my point of view? I am a girl trying to get by...
    he8myheart he8myheart
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 7, 2013

    Shoe Souls

    Make sure your shoe souls are clean when you’re walking through someone else’s life.Luv Y'all,Arohanui,Carey
    careyj careyj
    Mar 9, 2013

    What Do You Do When Things Are Hard?

    I've been sober for almost 4 months now and I'm having a really hard time. I had surgery on sept 21st and found out I can't get pregnant, then last thursday I found out that an old friend committed suicide on halloween and I can't attend the memorial because they're having this...
    Katy1984 Katy1984
    3 Responses Nov 7, 2012

    Just past my 30 days.

    Actually Day 32 today. I feel so much better staying sober. I had a ****** early September but have a great ending to it. Im broke, lost my wife, and my car. But I have some of my sanity back.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 1, 2014

    11 days sober. Im going through alot of grief

    and hurt. Im only can be sorry right now.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 9, 2014

    Hey guys, what's up? Six

    and a half years, new sponsor who put me on step 1 haha. Okay I guess we all need it everyday
    Audg911 Audg911
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jul 26, 2015

    14 days sober. I went to 3 meetings now.

    I feel hurt for all the people I let down and hurt but taking one day at a time.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Sep 13, 2014

    I am surprisingly grateful

    that I found my way into the rooms of AA because I get to experience life in a completely different way than my non-alcoholic friends. I GET to explore my past experiences and improve myself by correcting character defects to be better than I ever was and each day I get better...
    davidmat davidmat
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

    20 years sober in July 14.

    Normal life struggles nowadays but at least no lager to make it worse
    devo79 devo79
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jun 15, 2014

    A Teen Aged Alcoholic

      My Story (Warning this a very long post – not for the faint of heart) I have decided to put my AA story on this site; sharing my experience, strength and hope, so that I may help others who are still sick and suffering from the ravages of alcoholism. What it was...
    Smokeseek Smokeseek
    36-40, M
    17 Responses Nov 24, 2008

    Well due to surgery I've be without

    for a month. Not really any issue but as my healing draws to a near I can already feel the urge to get out and have a few. Its crazy how your body knows OR is it my mind???? that knows
    echohill echohill
    36-40, M
    Jan 13, 2015

    After a 15 year battle with alcohol I found a

    quiet mind and calm heart through the steps in Alcoholics Anonymous. I have, still do, work the steps as outlined in the book. I made all my amends and work with others. The peace and quiet is worth every page in my fourth step, peace...
    Ropes4u Ropes4u
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jan 30, 2014

    Okay, I'm not sure if this seems almost invasive

    or is taboo or something but I felt the need to post this. Point one, I am not an alcoholic as far as I am aware. However, the study of addiction is something I'm very interested in, even though I am only a teenager. There is a high chance for me to be predisposed to be an...
    Profclouseau Profclouseau
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2014

    Happy Joyous And Free Is Me!

    GuntherKallmann GuntherKallmann
    70+, M
    4 Responses Dec 21, 2009

    5 Minutes A Day

    The Serenity paragraph of the breathing exercise is an adaption of the Serenity prayer. While we lay in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, we could easily spend what could be the best 5 minutes of the day. I wrote the following breathing exercise to help sleep uninterrupted...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    1 Response Nov 29, 2012

    Doing What I Never Did Before...

    Sumpin like 23 more days will make a year endured the harvest I sowed for so, so long... AA, prayer, Seven were my strength. Just listening to others stories, helped tremendously. I will continue right thought, action, and speech and hope the next year is a bit easier than the...
    Gonnagetit Gonnagetit
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 5, 2012

    God; The REAL Interview.

    A.A.; Hey God!!! I reeeally wanna say that I'm soooo grateful to be sober and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous ... God; Yeah yeah right. Now if you will listen...I mean REALLY listen for a moment I'm going to tell you why this is happening. First of all you guys are a sounding...
    TheePanther TheePanther
    Mar 25, 2014

    Just Passed My Eleventh Anniversary

    I am a proud and happy member of AA. I believe that my Higher Power, the Program of AA, and the Fellowship, saved my life, restored my sanity, and has given me everything of value in my life today. I had lost virtually everything when I came crawling (back) into the rooms in...
    TheBookman TheBookman
    56-60, M
    4 Responses Jan 8, 2011
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