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APRIL 2018 HEARD AT MEETINGS

I remember when I was 15 years old and it was my first meeting, 
I was living on Maui, homeless, and as I started to walk away 
from the meeting someone said to me you don’t have to leave we’re here for you.
 Anonymous
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 I had a suicide pact, either Alcoholics Anonymous 
was going to work or I was going to kill myself. 
Anonymous
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 In Cork Ireland they said that the greatest thing 
America ever sent to him was The Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
Anonymous 
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There are no must in this program but there 
are musts in this church, we have rules and we need to follow. 
Anonymous
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I need to remember that life is not acumulative, 
it’s one day at a time. 
Anonymous
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When I is in the hospital and realized that
I had no goals, no dreams and no Ambitions. 
Anonymous
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I had no clue on how I could change my life. 
Anonymous 
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My mother is a wonderful woman today, 
she didn’t change, I changed. 
Anonymous 
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Once that I was able to say I was a duck 
then the solution was there. 
Anonymous 
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That I crawled out of the gutter and had become a 
delegate is mine blogging. 
Anonymous 
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When I quit drinking the hormones came in and took over. 
Anonymous
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When I was seven I always got the beer for 
my dad from the fridge and after a while he said it no more.
 Anonymous
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 That first drink felt like self destruction and it felt okay. 
Then I had another, etc etc. 
Anonymous
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My family thought it was okay to drink in the 
house but not outside, don’t bring shame. 
Anonymous 
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At 23 my kidneys were shutting down and I thought
 if I just tried the soda I would be okay. 
Anonymous 
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I wrapped my car around a tree anda 400-pound 
Hawaiian pick me up and said ‘are you okay?’ 
And I said ‘yeah, put me down’ if I had waited around  
they would have given e a blood test and on the way 
home I hit someone. I had a major concussion. 
Anonymous
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I would have five or six dollars a day coming in
and I was sure I was okay. My family wanted 
to take me in but I said no, I’m okay. 
Anonymous 
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After I was in the fellowship my grandfather 
said I don’t know what you doing but keep doing it. 
A week later he died from an aneurysm. I know 
that he was proud of me.
Anonymous
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I can say that I’m going to lay my head
on my pillow sober tonight and tomorrow
I’m going to wake up sober.
Anonymous
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It’s not that I don’t like speaking,
it’s just that I’ve always had feelings of inadequacy.
Anonymous
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When I started drinking it was like a light bulb
that been turned on I no longer felt different.
Anonymous
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My parents are awesome, but I cursed them,
spit on them and I didn’t care for anyone.
Anonymous
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At 43 I said that will never happen
to me in at age 47 that was me.
Anonymous
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It’s 10 years now and those problems then don’t exist today.
Anonymous
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Because I’m sober now I can be responsible
to my family and friends and my job.
Anonymous
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I have to rely on something other than that
Obsession of the Mind, being sober is not enough,
I need my higher power.
Anonymous
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“”I can still have bad days…
but I no longer have bad years.”

Anonymous
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“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”

Anonymous
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The last mosquito that bit me ended up in the Betty Ford Clinic.

Anonymous
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 I was full of defiance, almost to the end. 
Anonymous 
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When I’m working with another person, 
it’s like a slap in the face, my past comes
 back and humbles me. I am enough. 
Anonymous
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 Knowing that everything is going 
to be okay is what keeps me going. 
Anonymous
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I spent most of my life talking to bartenders. 
Anonymous 
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Today I have choices. 
Anonymous 
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I know I’ve been given the chance 
to be there for my dad who is 92 years old. 
Barbara Bush pass today and she is the 
same age as my dad. 
Anonymous 
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Two car wrecks and different troubles,
 I had to elevate my sense of evasiveness. 
Anonymous 
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If I put booze in my body I’ll go ape s***, 
I would do all the things I did before and worse. 
Anonymous
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My sobriety date is 2001 because I had 
decided to turn my life around. 
Anonymous 
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On Easter my nephew’s father was 
arrested for child abuse. I had three
prior DUIs and I think he is one of us 
but I can’t do anything unless he ask me. 
Anonymous
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I used to call the garbage can my refrigerator.
Anonymous
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Today I’m so grateful that my recovery 
can out talk my disease. 
Anonymous
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If you do the Switch you literally rolled
into a different human being. 
Anonymous
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Service gets me out of myself,
even if only a few moments. 
Anonymous 
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I didn’t buy that I was an alcoholic 
when I came in here, I just wanted 
to cut back a little. 
Anonymous
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I wasn’t a bad person but my alcoholism 
created problems for me. 
Anonymous 
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I also have some food allergies and it means
total abstinence for me, just like alcohol. 
Anonymous 
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No matter the attitude of the body, 
the soul is on its knees. 
Anonymous
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MARCH 2018 HEARD AT MEETINGS

I remember getting in a fight with my landlord,
because I didn’t have the rent, 
and he smashed a machete upside my face. 
Anonymous 
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I realize the people in my past would have 
been much better off if I had not been in their lives. 
Anonymous 
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Someone mentioned that 
enduring gives you self esteem. 
Anonymous 
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Sometimes I play god and I don’t know 
what to do so I called him a Higher Power. 
Anonymous 
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I remember my school teacher saying 
“you think you’re smart, come on up 
here and teach the class”. I did. 
Anonymous 
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I look for God in everything I see say or do. 
Anonymous 
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I remember being in jail and cutting some 
cheese and someone said is that soprano 
or alter and someone else said no its revelly. 
Anonymous 
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I said I was used to being around drunks 
and someone said that’s because we like
to be around things that are familiar. 
Anonymous
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I had low self esteem on steroids. 
I couldn’t show it but it was there. 
Anonymous
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 I thought of myself ad pathetic and how could 
anyone have self esteem if they are that far 
below the radar.Anonymous My purpose is to be able to find and keep in contact with my higher power throughout the day. 
Anonymous
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I was coming around the happy hour sober sometimes not, 
my wife was sober so it was rough o her. 
Anonymous 
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This is a program of self-discovery and I’m so
very grateful for that. 
Anonymous 
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I got to take a look at my motives 
and myself seeking nature. 
Anonymous
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I’m grateful for the structure that this Fellowship has given me. 
Anonymous 
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I remember my son was two years old and someone 
was talking to me and I looked around and couldn’t find my son. 
I saw him way over there going into the restroom. 
Good parenting. 
Anonymous
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 Today? Today I have a good job and
in my family is all together. 
That gives me today I have a good job 
and today and my family is all together. 
That gives me one more day to come 
up with a solution to whatever my situation might be. 
Anonymous 
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I have had a couple of my siblings pass away 
and have been able to go back home and help 
support my parents in their grief.
Anonymous 
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Our synopsis in our brains are hard wired to drinking 
so I have to come to these meeting. 
Anonymous
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My thinking got me here, got me into thinking 
which led to my drinking. 
Anonymous
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As you can see from my shirt I’m Harish,
 happy to St Patty’s Day.
 Anonymous
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 My mom was a heroin addict and my 
father was an alcoholic, so my siblings took care of me.
 Anonymous
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 My mom kidnapped me and there was a big custody battle. 
Anonymous 
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I was molested at a very young age by a neighbor. 
I didn’t think that affected me until I got into the fellowship. 
Anonymous
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 My aunt raised me for a while but her husband 
said it was either me or him so I had to go live with my grandmother.
 Anonymous 
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I became a ward of the state and ended up in group homes. 
Anonymous
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 I had platinum hair and was trying to fit in.
 My father died and I donated his body to a hospital. 
Anonymous 
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I got pregnant and gave the baby up.
 Fives months later  I got pregnant again.
 Anonymous
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 I remember always looking at the stars, 
I never drew is sober breath in the nine
 months that I was pregnant. I was never sober. 
Anonymous 
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I quit my job for the state which I had worked at 4 for
 years because my heart was broken,
 I retired from that job and then went on a bender.
 I went down real fast.
 Anonymous
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 My first it Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was
 at an AA convention and a whole lot of women 
there were laughing and obviously enjoying life.
 Anonymous
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 I relapsed for 4 hours, went into a blackout, 
slap my boyfriend and fortunately I didn’t hit anyone with my car. 
Anonymous
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“When the shit & hits the fan… unplug it.”
Anonymous
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The calm journey over troubled waters.”
-or- “The lull between the waves.”
Anonymous 
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 “My feet were firmly planted in mid-air with no where to go!”
Anonymous 
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“I’ve learned who you been ain’t who you gotta be.”
Anonymous 
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I had gotten so used to running from the pain when I got here. 
Anonymous 
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Had a lot of pain when I got here and I thought it was 
hanging on to me and I had to learn that I was hanging on to it, 
and you guys taught me how to Let It Go. 
Anonymous
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I believe sometimes we have to think 
more about the people that the alcoholics have hurt. 
Anonymous
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I’m glad to know that I’m an alcoholic and today
 I can wake up with a clear head.
Anonymous
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I believe that if you are raised around an 
alcoholic that you have a propensity for it.
Anonymous
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I didn’t have very good coping skills when I sobered up, 
everyone was dropping in and dropping out. This was the 60s. 
Anonymous 
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He askd what had happened and I said that 
“I got arrested it and he said you didn’t get arrested you got rescued”. 
Anonymous 
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Have a good week sober went to help a friend 
of mine and ended up getting drunk with him. 
Anonymous
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My uncle died last year and he was coming up, 
very shortly, on 62 years when he died. 
Anonymous 
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I went to the gym and saw my abs pushing
through my Sprintex shirt. I wouldn’t got myself a chili dog. 
Anonymous
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I have a desire of responsibility and a lack of maturity. 
Anonymous 
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If I look for bitterness in people, I’m going to be bitter, 
if I look for gratitude I will become humble. 
Anonymous 
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My purpose today is to have a purpose. 
Anonymous
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I would wake up in the morning wondering how 
I was not going to drink or how I was going to get one. 
Anonymous
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I used to turn my glass upside down and I forgot to 
one day in the restaurant and 9 years later I had to call a good friend. 
I had no idea that he was in AA.
Anonymous
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I wanted to be sober for 2 weeks, 
not 30 or 40 years but just two weeks without a drink. 
Anonymous 
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When I finally did get sober God allowed me to employ my skills. 
Anonymous 
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I knew I was going to get old I just didn’t think 
it would happen this fast. 
Anonymous 
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I discovered that my thoughts and prayers,
is a great reality is deep within me, 
then my thoughts are prayers. 
Anonymous 
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Once we get the monkey off our back it’s the 
case of keeping him in the cage. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve been kicking around this program for decades
 and now I have 5 years. 
Anonymous 
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It doesn’t matter what the path was, we all meet right here. 
Anonymous
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Just because I’m coming up on 43 years of sobriety doesn’t 
mean that I don’t have to keep coming to meetings. 
Anonymous 
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My idea of a square meal was Jack Daniels.
Anonymous
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I was proud of living in my own castle which was a pile of s***. 
Anonymous 
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I was at church today and I didn’t get pissed off today. 
Anonymous
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What a liar he was, he said he was an alcoholic 
and a grateful alcoholic. I guess, I was thinking he was a liar. 
Anonymous 
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I no longer wanted to be laying face down on the sidewalk 
so you people could kiss my ass. 
Anonymous
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I like to come to meetings even with 
those people that I don’t like. 
Anonymous 
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I had to speak at a treatment center and I thought 
a good subject would be if you don’t want to be here 
why are you here. 
Anonymous 
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I love my God and I wouldn’t have been able to do 
so without the women in this room. 
Anonymous 
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It is so nice to be able to stand up for myself now. 
Anonymous 
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You folks are the ones that I didn’t like, 
you’ve helped me the best to see my 
defects of character and I will hang around 
the meetings for a while. 
Anonymous 
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When I was 2 years sober someone said now
you can say you have ears. 
Anonymous
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I’m one of those who chose to hang out with some 
of my defects which was to hang around Hotel Street. 
Anonymous 
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I knew that if I hung around here I
could be an Oldtimer with two years. 
Anonymous
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 I had a friend who said he had hung around
 here just long enough to become an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous
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The last mosquito that bit me ended up in the Betty Ford Clinic. 
Anonymous 
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I was going to write that church and let them know how I feel. 
I’m didn’t send it. But I looked at it and decided not to send it 
and it helped me to see my part. 
Anonymous 
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I like to minimize things, 
I like to know what I’m getting into. 
Anonymous 
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M disease is always playing with me but today 
I can step back and look at it. 
Anonymous 
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The miracle of Alcoholics Anonymous is that I don’t 
have to choose another path, this one is working in my life. 
Anonymous
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I might not always be there for the fellowship 
but the fellowship is always there for me. 
Anonymous 
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Your way of doing a meeting in Hawaii is sort 
of like a darwinian galapagos octopus type of 
meeting and there’s always a lot of amazing
 things going on and I see that you have just 
a lot of meetings here. 
Anonymous
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DEC.2017 HEARD AT MEETINGS

My sponsor said in the first year you can have all the sex
you want and in the second year you can have it with a partner.
Anonymous

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The only thing I heard when I came into the rooms was
when they read the Traditions,there are no fees and Jews.
Anonymous
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I didn’t want to commit, I thought I could
never follow through with anything.
Anonymous

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My wife was here a while ago, she just dropped
me off at the meeting and left.
I was starting to get a little antsy.
Anonymous
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My wife for the last 28 years has
never said don’t go to an AA meeting.
Anonymous
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Sometimes the hair was raised in the back of my neck,
but I would sit there and someone would say something
and I would get relief.
Anonymous

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 It’s our shared experience to be open and willing.
Sometimes this long. Tells us that we have needs too.
Anonymous 

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I would drink and go to meetings, not drinking not go to meetings.
I couldn’t get the right combination down.
Anonymous 

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Pete used to say, you only have to not drink one day at a time,
so I picked the shortest day of the year for for my sobriety date.
Anonymous
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Got resentment for someone?
Go pray for them every day for 10 days.
Anonymous 

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Normal people don’t have to go through what we have to go through.
We have people we can call all through the day.
Anonymous
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When I came in 13 years ago I wasn’t this voluptuous, fluffy.
Anonymous
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I was just a nasty argumentative little drunk
and when I came in to AA I was a snotty dry drunk.
Anonymous
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I became willing to do things that were inconvenient.
Anonymous
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I love to do sober vacations, if you get a chance, do it.
Anonymous
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I remember seeing a friend of mine, Randy,
and I saw him up on the hill flying kites with his little boys.
I ask him how he had changed so much
I’ve been going to that a and a thing. Anonymous
I decided to check it out and I’ve been here ever since.
Anonymous
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My job mainstreamed to me into Alcoholics
Anonymous.
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I was sober for 3 years and my wife was still
drinking and doing drugs and we got divorced.
Anonymous
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I married another woman and thought I could never drink again,
I got drunk on our honeymoon cruise. I got back to the meetings.
That been on the my honeymoon.
Anonymous
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I got a sponsor by the name of Jack and he said
that he didn’t know of any individual who had gotten
on his knees in the morning and ask God to keep
him from taking another drink, and I thank him at night.
Anonymous
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I made a decision to turn my will, my wife,
and my life over to the care of God.
Anonymous

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I have discovered that I can’t impose my will on other people.
Anonymous

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I’m grateful that God gave me a life that I don’t deserve.
Anonymous
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I expected the promises to come true right away.
I’ve since learned sometimes quickly sometimes slowly. 
Anonymous 
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My father was a construction worker, 
a drug addict, and a gang member. 
Anonymous
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My dad would come and take me 
out of class and take me to the beach. 
My mother would go crazy, throwing
flower pots Through the Windows. 
Anonymous 
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To me my father always meant fun and happiness. 
Anonymous
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I’ve always felt different, I was sent to a 
white school and made to go to English
classes and I hated it, so I always felt different. 
Anonymous 
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I stole from my mom’s new husband and 
always gave the money away at school. 
Anonymous 
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My step father caught me stealing his money 
and told me that he wasn’t going to tell my 
mother because it would break her heart. 
My mom and dad have been married 
28 years now and I see him as my father. 
Anonymous 
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I would steal vodka and go to school drunk. 
Anonymous
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I walked through a classroom that was 
full of people and fell asleep in the dark room. 
Anonymous
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It was Alcoholics Anonymous that showed 
me that I have a big bag of tools in my life. 
Anonymous 
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A lot of these folks may think I haven’t 
made any progress,
 I want you to know that I feel progress. 
Anonymous
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Out there is a secular world but I can come 
here and feel spiritual. 
Anonymous 
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I was drinking myself to sleep while 
working for a non-profit. 
The board had to let me go. 
Anonymous 
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I decided to get a real estate license 
then I could drink all day. 
Anonymous 
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This program made me employable again. 
Anonymous
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I thought it was okay to drive around 
with a six pack in the car. I ended up
standing in front of the same judge 
I had worked for before. 
Anonymous
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I used to be behind the judges now 
I was in front of them. 
Anonymous 
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All the promises of come true for me 
and before I thought ‘no way’ and now 
things are completely different. 
Anonymous 
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I never checked my mailbox, 
no money so why check for bills 
that I couldn’t pay. 
Anonymous 
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About a year-and-a-half into the program 
when I had a problem people saying 
“what happens if you don’t do your 4th step”.
 Anonymous
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 I made a list and started paying people back. “
Fear of economic insecurity did leave. 
Anonymous 
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Today I come to the 12 coconuts, 
it’s a speaker discussion meeting 
and I’m the speaker, go figure. 
Anonymous 
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I wouldn’t be here without the program 
and I wouldn’t be here without you folks in my life. 
Anonymous
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At my very first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous
I heard for the first time in my life about total abstinence. 
Anonymous 
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I knew I was an alcoholic and I was
kind of proud of it. 
Anonymous 
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Normal people would say 
‘no thank you I have to go home’ or
 ‘I have to go to work tomorrow.’ 
Anonymous 
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If I wasn’t drinking I was crawling in my skin. 
Anonymous 
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I was so crazy I said I could handle it. 
Anonymous 
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Admit meant that I had to let into air
into my innermost self or I was doomed. 
Anonymous 
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It works if you believe in God,
but you can’t play God. 
Anonymous 
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I had a real painful thing about 
God not being there, but there was God.
Anonymous
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I went from no self-esteem, to having low self-esteem.
Anonymous 
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Today I know that if I take that first 
drink the insanity will start all over again. 
Anonymous
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He said to work the steps m*********** or die. 
I used to say Give me liberty or give me Meth. 
Anonymous
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Today I’m finding Serenity rather than begging for it. 
Anonymous 
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I remember my friend who put a rope around 
his neck and ran, all he got was rope Burns 
and a sore back. 
Anonymous 
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Today I consider my seventh and not tell my boss off. 
Anonymous 
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I wanted to be the boss but I was at the bottom of the totem pole. 
Anonymous
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I have come to believe that I don’t have 
to work this program I get to live it. 
Anonymous 
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Not working the steps I still had that hole in my soul. 
Anonymous
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I suggest that you get a god, get a book
and a sponsor who will read with you. 
Anonymous
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I had sex in a confession Booth one time 
and figured God wanted nothing to do with me. 
Anonymous 
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Today I think I’ll let God write my life for me. 
Anonymous
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There’s the drinking me and there’s the not drinking me.
Anonymous

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I just wanted to keep that feeling
that five beers gave,
but I always overshot the mark.
Anonymous 

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I’m Just One Drink away from a life sentence.
It’s like playing Russian roulette. 
Anonymous 
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When I drink I’m face down in the street
or I can come here and reach out.
Anonymous 

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You take the actions and not only will
your feelings change, your outlook will change. 
Anonymous 
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I was always living in the past, 
fearful of the future. 
Anonymous

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The only battle for me today is a spiritual battle.
And when I Let Go, and surrender, there’s no battle. 
Anonymous 
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When I got here I was afraid of the mailbox
and the answer phone. 
Anonymous
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I carry my chip with me to remind me that I have to be humble.
Anonymous 
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Yesterday I was able to dive 105 ft and see
manta rays sharks at cetera and I could
see none of that from my couch. 
Anonymous 
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Today my boss says he needs me and he doesn’t
have to keep me away from the vodka either. 
Anonymous 
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When I came into the rooms I was pissed
off about the last 3 months,
and fearful of what I had to do the next 3 months.
Anonymous

If You want to feel good, clean up after yourself,
make your bed, and you will look different.
Ron,you need to play catch-up.
Anonymous

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I would wake up in the morning and the
first word that came to my mind was s***! 
Anonymous 
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I am one thought away from having a wonderful day.
Anonymous 

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I did all my traveling on a bar stool.
Anonymous
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I was The Walking Dead when I came
to Alcoholics Anonymous, no one knew
it except the garbage man because
of the bottles he took away every week.
Anonymous 

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One day the garbage man looked at me and said ‘you quit drinking?
And I said ‘yeah!’ And he said ‘wow!’
Anonymous
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I woke up this morning, I didn’t come to.
Anonymous
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I looked at my dad and said 
“I’m afraid you’re going to hit her like you did mom. 
He looked at me with blank eyes. He had been in a blackout. 
Anonymous
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 My dad was from Scotland and it was 
normal to give children, toddlers, 
hot toddies when we were ill. 
Anonymous 
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There were $2 keggers in my hometown 
and I remember throwing up. 
I thought to myself, “I need to learn how to drink”.
I didn’t realize I was an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
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I was such a victim, I never hurt anyone. 
It wasn’t until I got sober that I realized 
how I had heard my family calling late 
at night and blackouts. 
Anonymous 
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I would go from job to job and when 
I would get flush I would go to a bar 
and buy drinks for everyone until my money was gone. 
Anonymous
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I found it there what I was looking for I was looking with. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor said when you’re talking to traffic call me. 
Anonymous 
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Any power I need comes from my higher power. 
Anonymous 
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Step 11 is designed to change my attitude. 
Anonymous 
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The basic principle behind the 11th step 
prayer is to leave myself alone. 
Anonymous 
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Faith without works is dead and it 
says that 3 times in the big book. 
Anonymous 
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I said maybe I need meds and he said 
“no, you need the other Med, meditation”. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor said the talking is over now 
it’s time to start walking and steps. 
Anonymous 
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Today I can go back to the town that I was a speed bump in. 
Anonymous
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I would sit and talk to God and you know, 
you can’t lie to your higher power that would be dumb. 
Anonymous 
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But what I am it’s seeking me. 
It says deep down inside every 
man woman there’s this higher power. 
Anonymous
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 For years my daily reprieve was in a bottle. 
Anonymous
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I said to my mom “why don’t you go to AA”?
 and she said because they make you work 
through your problems instead of stuffing them down. 
Anonymous
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I went to bars every day so this is 
my natural habitat, to be around people. 
Anonymous 
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It’s strange that after all these years 
I’m still clueless as to surrender. 
Anonymous
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As everyone knows, our disease is 
a disease that says that we don’t have it.
Anonymous 
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There is a bottom, if you’re lucky enough to hit it,
 it says enough is enough. 
Anonymous 
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When I drink I was always looking for the next one. 
Anonymous 
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It took a lot to get me to know that I was an alcoholic, 
there were plenty of signposts along the way. 
Anonymous 
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Intellectually I thought I was smarter than the disease. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve heard that when you try to control your drinking, 
you’re drinking is controlling you. 
Anonymous
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I got divorced and my marriage counselor 
suggested that I go to Alcoholics 
Anonymous. 
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There was a lot of laughter,
but I really didn’t want to stop. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve discovered that non-alcoholic beer is for non-alcoholics. 
Anonymous 
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I became a ‘what the hell Drinker’. 
Anonymous 
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When the police arrested me,
I got off of the elevator. 
I was fed up with myself and I
 lost you desire to drink. 
I went to a group and became
 a coffee maker and all the 
different services in between. 
Anonymous 
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The biggest thing I’ve seen is those that 
take that elevator down and never get off. 
Anonymous 
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I guess I’ll never be a cucumber again,
I’ll always be a pickle. 
Anonymous
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We can take that elevator to hell or we can jump off. 
Anonymous
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I didn’t lose a job, because I was a student 
when I came into the program. 
I only looked for the differences. 
Anonymous 
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In steps 11 it was the We that showed me the I. 
Anonymous 
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It was you guys that showed me how to find myself. 
Anonymous 
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The longer I’m sober the more I need the fellowship. 
Anonymous 
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I thought I was the center of the universe 
and I dominated my family. 
Anonymous
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I thought I was high and mighty and 
looking back it’s very embarrassing. 
Anonymous 
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Being from the Midwest, I could only dog paddle 
and the ocean became my first Higher Power.
 Anonymous 
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I like what it says, restores us to sanity, 
meaning you and I are no longer nuts. 
Anonymous
=========================
 I’m the textbook demonstration of someone who’s extreme. 
Anonymous
=========================
It’s thet thinking that precedes the first drink, 
it’s an insane thought.
 Anonymous 
=========================
My mom no longer has to look for me in bars. 
Anonymous
=========================
My truth is that I live in self will a lot. 
Anonymous
=========================
I have no plans to drink today, but that’s not a given…
I work with a lot of people out there and I have to
keep my toolbox handy.
Anonymous 
=========================
I love the Good Book but the Big Book
is the only one that is going to be good
for me without that Big Book it’s no good.
Anonymous
=========================
The third step for me is getting out of my own self will.
Anonymous
=========================
I was working at Denny’s and every night after the bars closed
I would have to work with a whole lot of people just like me.
I would have to go into the bathroom and do the Serenity Prayer.
Anonymous
=========================
That Serenity Prayer works one day at a time.
Anonymous 
=========================
When I went to my very first meeting
I somehow knew that I was going to be helped.
Anonymous
=========================
And that first action step for me was step 3.
Anonymous 
=========================
I came into Alcoholics Anonymous broken, 
I was just shamed and I had a new husband
who didn’t know that I had a problem.
Anonymous
=========================
That third step is about willingness,
it’s the willingness to turn your life over,
over there something greater than yourself.
Anonymous
=========================
The third step is the willingness and 
the 11th step is the maintenance. 
Anonymous 
=========================
It’s the holiday season and all the doors
are open saying ‘come in, come in you can have one’.
Anonymous
=========================
Then there’s the family gatherings where
people are insisting that you can have just one.
Anonymous 

=========================
Then there’s the Gatherings that
people insist that you have a drink.
Anonymous
=========================
I have the Serenity Prayer, I use it as a Battle Cry.
Anonymous 

=========================
Another thing that I have in my
toolbox is sponsors, literature, and meetings.
Anonymous
=========================

Three men walked up to me shaking my hand 
and said it’s going to be okay. 
Then they took me to another meeting. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I remember going to a meeting in Orlando, 
there were just two little old ladies there, 
blue haired and said it’s going to be okay. 
To this day is one of the best meetings I’ve ever been in. 
There was just the three of us 
anonymous 
===========================
If you had told me that I was going to 
be here telling you what my life is like today, 
I would have said ‘you crazy’.
anonymous. 
===========================
Why waste time with a lemon and the 
salt around the rim, hell, I’m a guzzler. 
Anonymous
===========================
I knew these two guys and they were doing LSD 
and on top of a telephone pole climbing to go higher, 
I said to myself, I don’t want to be like that. 
Anonymous 
===========================
People with a 45° slide in thinking, 
those I can understand. 
Anonymous 
===========================
He had two kilos of cocaine under his bed 
he had a gun and he called me and said, 
you’re the only psychotic I can trust. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’m definitely not here because I drank milk. 
Anonymous
===========================
I can see the change in you, 
but not necessarily in me. 
Anonymous
===========================
My experience strength and hope is the same
as everyone in here, even the newest newcomer. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Thank God I don’t drink today because I 
would have a non-religious load of that crap. 
Anonymous 
===========================
They told me that a drink would always make things worse. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’ve got to share because I like to listen to me. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’m going to go home and open the gifts with the three kids, 
then they are going to fight, because they went with the other ones have. 
Anonymous 
===========================
My worst thinking got me here but 
my best listening keeps me here. 
Anonymous
===========================
I got my gift this morning which was that 
I wasn’t thinking about a drink and didn’t want one. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I knew I was going to get older I just didn’t 
think it would happen this fast.
Anonymous 
===========================
It was day 4th day in my treatment center and I said, 
“holy s***, I’m an alcoholic!” 
Anonymous
===========================
I was introduced to martinis and I started staying out. 
I remember my kids asking their mother why their dad 
was sleeping in the car. 
Anonymous 
===========================
My alcohol escalated pretty much in the last 4 years. 
I was walking the dogs at 4 a.m. so I can have a drink. 
Anonymous 
===========================
For no particular reason I woke up one morning 
and knew I was doomed unless things changed. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I went to my doctor and cried like a baby. 
My doctor said that she was an alcoholic 
and I was shocked, she sent me to Alcoholics Anonymous. 
Anonymous 
===========================
My first meeting was like a brain damaged meeting. 
Anonymous
===========================
I always wore a mask, no one could get beneath it. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Once I had a drink I could talk the hind legs off of a donkey. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I had the curse of not having any 
consequences for my drinking. 
I never drank at work. 
Anonymous
===========================
Alcohol helped me bullshit myself. myself. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I couldn’t be an alcoholic, I had a wife, four kids, 
a house in the suburbs, I couldn’t be an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous
===========================
Thanks, you’re the bombcom.
Anonymous 
===========================
I thought I could get a good woman and 
it would slow things down, when I got her, 
it’s sped things up. 
Anonymous 
===========================
From a young age I always thought that 
I was a burden to others. 
Anonymous 
===========================
The more I got beat up the more I wanted to listen. 
I thought I was just a hard nut to crack. 
Anonymous
===========================
I can’t relate to the Earth people so I come here. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I need simple, I can ruin a wet dream.
 Anonymous
===========================

When I stopped at chasing the answer I found the answer. 
I started listen to people who Could Walk The Talk. 
Anonymous
======================
I slept on that Beach right over there,
not deliberately, I had a hotel room. 
Anonymous 
======================
I cannot remember there ever not being 
a party in my home when I grow up. 
As soon as the cans popped the fights broke out. 
Anonymous
======================
I smoked pot when I was 9 years old 
and was sent home from school. 
My mom said where in the hell did you learn that? 
And I said “from you, you smoke it everyday “. 
Anonymous 
She probably thought it wasn’t a good idea that
 she should let me smoke at 9 but I was already 
blazing my own trail. 
Anonymous
======================
I didn’t get into beer until I get into my teens
but I was drinking a lot of whiskey long before that. 
Anonymous
======================
The guide thing was a big barrier for me when I got here. 
They showed me ‘as we understood Him’ and that relieved me a lot. 
Anonymous 
======================
They told me that understanding was a structure 
and they told me to fake it until I could until I could make it. 
Anonymous
======================
I would call my sponsor because I had a these gut-wrenching feelings. 
Anonymous 
======================
I had never had any degree of humility 
and forget the God stuff. 
Anonymous 
======================
I often think that I am honest only to find out that I’m not. 
At least people no longer think I’m a loser 
and I don’t think I’m a loser either.
Anonymous 
======================
There was a group of people who knew more 
about drinking than I did. 
Anonymous 
======================
I got two or three jobs and quit going to 
meetings and then I got fearful and said “
God, please help” and then life got much better. 
Anonymous 
======================
I thought I was way too young to get here,
but I start listening to you folks and
 32 years later I’m still here. 
Anonymous
======================
It’s not so much who your God is 
but are you letting go of control. 
Anonymous
======================
Alcohol used to touch every area of my life, 
today, Alcoholics Anonymous touches very 
every area of my life, all the time. 
Anonymous 
======================
It took everything to get here, 
DUIs, excetera to get here. 
Anonymous 
======================
I was asked to speak at a meeting and
 my sister was with me and had never 
heard my story. She was shocked. 
Anonymous 
======================
Today I have choices, those places 
I had to go to and today there are places 
that I choose to go.
Anonymous 
======================
There were so many people whose lives 
I had an impacted and I didn’t even know it. 
Anonymous 
======================
There’s the sirens going, 
today I’m not afraid of them anymore. 
Every cop that stopped me saved my life. 
Today I can see things differently. 
Anonymous 
======================
My journey hasn’t always been doable but
it has always helped me mature little more. 
Anonymous 
======================
Today I have a chance to have a handshake with God. 
Anonymous 
======================
I can leave the meeting with the resentment 
and come back 6 months later and 
you didn’t even miss me. 
Anonymous
======================
If I’m going to compare myself with 
someone let it be a newcomer. 
Anonymous
======================
I can’t label any of this as mine. 
Anonymous 
======================
I had to fight for my life line tonight and 
I don’t want crap in my life anymore. 
Anonymous 
======================
I love my job but I hate going to work. 
Anonymous 
======================
I haven’t been any place that I couldn’t find a meeting. 
Anonymous 
======================
I was in and out for a long time but I 
would rather have a lot of chips than none. 
Anonymous
======================
I sprained my ankle and they told me I couldn’t dance for two weeks. 
So I decided to kill myself and took a bottle of Sominex. 
My roommate said you can’t kill yourself with Simon X 
you have to Slit your wrist. She was crazier than me so I moved out. 
Anonymous
======================
I would take the subway to the last stop, 
go into the small store, walk around with 
my cart wondering how much I could carry
home because I had to walk a half a mile 
and then you go 6 flights up. 
Anonymous 
======================
I had thrown God out of my life 
when I was in the fifth grade. 
Anonymous 
======================
I went to my first meeting and said
 these people are really sick! 
Anonymous 
======================
People would tell me whatever you’re thinking is wrong. 
Anonymous 
======================
I can only give the newcomer my heart 
and not too much of my brain. 
Anonymous
======================
I didn’t want to claim my sobriety today 
because I didn’t think I deserved it. 
Anonymous 
======================
I was going to do a lot of things but smoking
 a joint in the morning slowed things the way down. 
Anonymous

OCTOBER 2015 HEARD AT MEETINGS

If you don’t do nothing today you’re not going to be getting nothing tomorrow. 
Anonymous
===================
 When I was a little boy and little old ladies 
with see me coming they would clutch their purses. 
Anonymous 
===================
So this new guy came to the meeting 
and he said I don’t know about this God 
stuff and his friend said don’t worry about 
it he’ll contact you. 
Anonymous 
===================
Even though I have no idea where I’m going, 
I know he will guide me. 
Anonymous 
===================
The two richest countries in
the world are Germany and Japan, why?
Because they surrendered. 
Anonymous
===================
My sponsor said there’s no extra credit for 
sponsoring and working with others. 
Anonymous 
=====================
She said that we do that to stay
alive, clean and sober that that’s
 the sole aim of the service. 
Anonymous 
=====================
He said that everyday my alcoholism 
made my radar arise, steps 10 11 or 
what that’s for and about. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I was a big believer in it’s better to beg for 
forgiveness rather than to ask for permission. 
Anonymous 
=====================
This guy ‘set down’ and it took him 
15 minutes to tell me what the 
program was all about. 
Anonymous 
=====================
As a woman I was a drag racer 
and I was crazy and wild. 
Anonymous
=====================
Back then I put men on a pedestal 
and I got crazier. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I drank a magnum of wine and said 
‘oh I’m a kind of connoisseur, I was 
drinking even more, because I was
 a connoisseur.
Anonymous 
=====================
My main lover was alcohol, 
and alcohol was my main lover. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I would go out every morning and 
look at my car to see if there was any blood on it. 
Anonymous 
=====================
When I’m not taking care of me, 
I’m Hollow and empty inside. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I missed one of my service positions it 
and I had to own it. It is no longer all about me. 
Anonymous
=====================
I had to slow down because I was 
missing out on all the components of a real life. 
Anonymous 
=====================
The principle of Step 1 is honesty, 
what defines me as an alcoholic 
who couldn’t stop drinking. 
Anonymous 
=====================
The word humility is mentioned 
41 times in the 12 x 12. 
Anonymous
=====================
I scattered my husband’s ashes on Maui at the blowhole. 
I did that because it was a bit of a blow hole. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I was born on Maui, raised in Honolulu, 
moved to New York City, I tended to break 
out in spots. 
Anonymous 
=====================
In the fellowship I’ve heard it’s called doing a geographic. 
Anonymous
=====================
 One question, have you ever had a sunburn 
on the top of your mouth. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I was in and out of the fellowship 
for a long time talking about the 
steps and about a sponsor I never had. 
Anonymous
=====================
I drank so much my body was like a 
toilet which couldn’t flush out. 
Anonymous
=====================
 My plan was to come in, 
take a cake and go on with my life. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I still do some of the same old things, 
polishing my defects in the same old way. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I really did some self-inflicted ass whipping. 
Then, I found the fellowship and the steps. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I had no choice, my back was up against my spine,
 I weighed 56 lb. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I was told confusion was control,
and that I had a choice. 
Anonymous 
=====================
When I got sober I had to get Transportation, 
I got a motorbike and ended up in the hospital. 
I read the 12 x 12 in the big book passionately. 
Anonymous 
=====================
The last time I was here it was in 1969
and I was on my way to Vietnam, 
today being here as much nicer.
Anonymous 
=====================
I had my first drink at at 6 years of age
 and I got sober at 21. 
Today I have 35 years. 
Anonymous
=====================
You share your stuff and I can relate. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I had always felt like freeze-dried alcohol,
 a little alcohol and I was in full bloom. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I found out in the rooms that I 
was full of self-loathing. 
Anonymous 
=====================
In the morning I always pray to God 
please don’t let me get into any trouble
 that you can’t get me out of. 
Anonymous 
=====================
The late Norm Alpi said we could have missed it all. 
Anonymous 
=====================
They had thought my grandfather was dead 
and then they said ‘no, he’s got a 3.4 alcohol level’. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I went to my first meeting in the Santa Ana Jail.
 I didn’t want it, but they said they were bringing 
coffee and donuts. 
Anonymous
=====================
I had four Ex-Wives who were looking 
for me for child support. 
I was also in jail 35 times. 
Anonymous
=====================
There was this man who spoke of honoring grace. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I have a sponsor who has a sponsor. 
Anonymous
=====================
I’ve only been arrested twice in 
my life both times for public intoxication. 
I had gotten drunk and fell asleep on the sidewalk. 
I didn’t see anything wrong with that, but the police did. 
Anonymous 
=====================
After 9 months of being out there I tried to get 
back into the fellowship but I couldn’t. 
Anonymous 
=====================
Then one day a lady grabbed me and said this is a gift. 
That hit me very hard. 
Anonymous 
=====================
Jimmy said that we were going to go to Hawaii, 
I thought he was crazy and probably was going 
to have me drive a space shuttle. 
That was 25 years ago. 
Anonymous
=====================
My wife and I had a handshake divorce. 
Anonymous 
=====================
She said you’re going to establish a 
relationship with your Higher Power. 
Anonymous 
=====================
That self-deception thing, it didn’t apply to me. 
((Laughter) 
anonymous.
=====================
You guys were my first and only 
example of what sanity is. 
My parents were both Alcoholics. 
Then one day a man said to me
 before you do anything else you 
have to do the first step. 
You have to admit it. 
Anonymous 
=====================
This man said if you had cancer and 
had to go to a doctor every day you would go. 
Well you have the disease of alcoholism
 and you need to go to a meeting every day.
Anonymous
=====================
My head will try and tell me that I don’t 
have to do this or that. I can’t believe the lie. 
Anonymous 
====================
We need to keep coming to meetings 
so we don’t believe the lie that our 
disease keeps trying to tell us. 
Anonymous 
====================
This program is taught me to stay in my own lane.
Anonymous 
====================
In my case it was doing it knowing it 
was crap and doing it anyway. 
Anonymous 
====================
When I was 17 in New York cop 
told me ‘kid you’re an Alcoholic’.
Anonymous
====================
I heard a voice in my head say you 
never have to drink again. 
I said I didn’t say that.
I celebrated 30 years this last month. 
Anonymous 
====================
I had so little self-esteem that a
homeless man kissed me at a bus stop 
and I didn’t know how to say stop. 
Anonymous 
====================
I couldn’t express my feelings 
so I just drank more. 
Anonymous 
====================
I’m not sleeping anymore and today I can
tell someone getting my boat and let me help you. 
Anonymous 
====================
Many times I’ve had to say to my kids, 
I don’t remember, I was drinking then. 
I always ask for their forgiveness.
Anonymous
====================
Self-interest was slip away I was told. 
Anonymous 
====================
Sometimes I think why should I accept myself, 
why can’t they just accept me the way I am. 
Anonymous 
====================
When I think of acceptance,
I don’t have to like it,
I just sometimes just have to accept it. 
Anonymous
====================
At the age of 20 I married into a very abusive 
relationship, we both took hostages. 
Anonymous 
=======================
My wife told me that she was going to 
leave me and get an abortion. She did. 
Anonymous
=======================
My higher power today is very organic, 
I try not to put it in a box. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I was scared to be vulnerable, 
yet I’ve worked very hard in this relationship. 
Anonymous 
=======================
That music over there makes 
everything here so profound. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Vulnerability is truly a spiritual tool. 
Anonymous
=======================
If I nod I’m showing some sort of vulnerability. 
So today I make mini gestures. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I mentioned before the spirituality of imperfection. 
We grabbed onto that as only the dying can. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I learned to hit him with a prayer instead of a chair. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Someone says you leave Hawaii but 
Hawaii never leaves you. 
Anonymous 
=======================
When I came into the fellowship nobody 
could sponsor me, so I sponsored myself. 
Anonymous
=======================
How is a rip-off artist, I ripped off everybody else’s God. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I would leave phamphlets around the house 
hoping my mom would get it, but she never did. 
Anonymous
=======================
I joined the army, at least I tried to join the 
Army and I couldn’t pass the drug and alcohol 
test so the recruiter gave me something that 
hid the alcohol and drugs. 
Anonymous 
=======================
When I came into the fellowship my 
mom said they’re going to brainwash you, 
and my dad said go ahead your brain needs it. 
Anonymous
=======================
Your message is the same but the voice is different. 
Welcome to Hawaii. 
Anonymous 
=======================
If I had known it was going to be my last drink
 I would have ordered something else. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I’m a child of the Revolution and I 
flunked out of college five times. 
Anonymous 
=======================
They also knew I was running around 
campus trying to burn it down. 
Anonymous 
=======================
They called me into the office and told 
me that I was wasting their time and 
my dad’s money. 
Anonymous 
=======================
He came around and asked me to 
marry him and I said sure, okay, fine. 
I was not very committal.
Anonymous 
=======================
We were driving stoned and I hit a snow 
plow and the engine ended up in my lap. 
I also broke my leg. 
Anonymous 
=======================
You would think that would have gotten my attention.
Anonymous
=======================
Someone said they used to call them insane 
asylums in today they call them treatment centers. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Everywhere I went there were 
people trying to stay sober. 
Anonymous 
=======================
They said, that is put up with you 
until you can put up with yourself. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Fortunately, with God’s grace, 
I will only have to quit once. 
Anonymous
=======================
There are a lot of people there for a
 great amount of time, they have had deaths, 
divorces, broken hearts, loss of jobs, 
and haven’t had to take a drink. 
Anonymous 
=======================
God can take my defects and leave me 
by the nose to where I’m supposed to be going. 
Anonymous 
=======================
The meeting after the meeting is 
where my spirituality began. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Today I can take my disease with me and show it 
all of the cool things I get to do now. 
Anonymous 
=======================
At my mother’s funeral my two sisters 
 had long hated each other, 
they stood on each side of me
they had stuff that was supposed 
to pass the statute of limitations
Anonymous
=======================
I continue to stay here because I’m as 
sick as my secrets. 
Anonymous 
=======================
If they tell me their problems, 
that’s how whacked-out I am. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I’m not a hugger, I have a lot of 
problems with people hugging me. 
Anonymous 
=======================
They told me to get a home-group, 
they said if I didn’t that then I was homeless. 
Anonymous 
=======================
The Unity comes when I let you in. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I spent 10 hours on a plane with people 
who didn’t love me like you have. 
Anonymous 
=======================
He said if you forgive
you don’t have to think about it. 
Anonymous
=======================
I had to admit complete defeat, and as a result life got better. 
Anonymous 
=========================
Sometimes I’m just so busy thinking about what 
I’m going to say that I don’t hear what you have to say. 
Anonymous 
=========================
It’s nice to be clean and sober next time 
I’ll take my meds a little bit earlier though. 
Anonymous 
=========================
Life begins when your Comfort ends. 
Anonymous 
=========================
Life itself is like an adjustable wrench, 
it just about fits any nut. 
Anonymous 
=========================
The pain in my life had become the norm. 
I never knew there was another way. 
Anonymous 
=========================
When I took a drink I did the things that I didn’t dare do. 
Anonymous 
=========================
I bought $250 worth of tapes on anxiety but 
I didn’t know what an alcoholic was. 
Anonymous
=========================
 I couldn’t stop drinking I couldn’t even string 7 days together . 
Anonymous 
=========================
I went to Alcoholics Anonymous and was blaming everyone 
in my life and someone said maybe you have to try ala-non. 
Anonymous
=========================
Let me be alone in my car and it’s great therapy. 
I curse everybody on the road. 
That’s way I get rid of things. 
Anonymous 
=========================
When I read the big book I knew I was an alcoholic 
but I wasn’t changing and I thought there must be 
something wrong with me. 
Anonymous 
=========================
And then I started doing the steps and found
I was just another run-of-the-mill Alcoholic. 
Anonymous
=========================
We only have a belief and a faith that there’s a God. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I asked God to guide my steps because I 
have no guidance of my own. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I bottomed out in Australia when I was 23. 
My dad suggested that I come to the fellowship. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Now I’m twice as old as I was then, at age 46, 
and I haven’t had a drink in 23 years. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Good morning God, I’m willing to do your will, 
please show me what to do today. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I got away from the meetings and into spirituality
 and my sponsor said don’t get too spiritual are 
you will be of absolutely no good on Earth. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Maybe after work I might call my son and tell 
him what I think,now that’s a real booby trap! 
Anonymous 
==========================
The decision has to be followed by action. 
Anonymous
==========================
 
I came here to learn how to do some control drinking. 
I was struck with depression, 
and the doctor said you’re to go to AA. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I wanted to be treated myself by self-diagnosed depression. 
Anonymous
===========================
 It was only when I could start to say that 
I was an alcoholic that I could start to ride that
highway to sobriety and I fought it all the way. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I needed a good sponsor and in order to be
 a good sponsor I had to have a good sponsor. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Obviously she didn’t take any b******* from 
it because I’m still here 15 years later. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Today my sponsor is a wonderful person 
and I love my life. I get to come here 
while my husband is working. 
Hawaii is so wonderful and I’ve never
 been to an outdoor meeting before. 
Anonymous 
===========================
God’s will for me is to have a grateful attitude. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Sometimes things get hard because 
I think them hard. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I came here not because I saw the light, 
but because I felt the heat. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Crazy seemed to  be more honorable 
than being an alcoholic. My husband 
called me a sweet psycho b****. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’ve got to be careful what I’m thinking 
because that’s what I bring into my reality. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Sometimes I feel like an atheist because
 I believe that my Higher Power is within. 
Anonymous
===========================
Sometimes I need a speed bump between 
my brain and my mouth. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I was able to see that in my life the
unacceptable had become the acceptable. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Restoring your sanity is not an easy feat, 
my family, friends, doctors, none could 
help only God can remove me from myself. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’ve come to believe because it works 
for you and for myself I could not conceive. 
Anonymous
===========================
I finally got over that judge who was going to judge me, myself. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I finally went out for a year and I could 
feel my IQ going down. 
It helped me get it back into the rooms. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Obviously when I’m drinking I’m crazy. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’m the person who always test the hot stove,
 just like the jaywalker. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I discovered that I had to stop believing
 everything that my head was trying to tell me. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I always prayed when I was in trouble. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I need to come here and listen to your
 insanity in order to gain my own. 
Anonymous 
===========================
It’s the way I am, I have a lot of defects of character. 
Anonymous
===========================
I was here a little over 20 years ago with my friend, 
Terry, who died from this disease. 
Anonymous 
========================
I found that when I started drinking 
my brain would stop racing. 
Anonymous 
========================
I found it was easy to stop drinking if 
I used heroin, as a matter of fact after 
using heroin I didn’t want to drink. 
Anonymous 
========================
They poured me a glass of wine and I
 got in my car after drinking two bottles 
and got in an accident. 
Anonymous 
========================
I got hammered every day with whatever
 I could put in my body. 
Anonymous 
========================
My first meeting was called the Winner’s Circle 
and I called it the whiners Circle,
 I was the main whiner. 
Anonymous 
========================
He got me a big book when I was still shaking horribly.
Anonymous 
========================
When I go without a meeting my wife knows 
and sends me packing. 
Anonymous 
========================
I put down the alcohol and the 
voices got louder, pandemonium. Anonymous
========================
When I came in half measures gave me everything. 
Anonymous
==========================
I’m grateful I’m an alcoholic because I can go 
anywhere and my people are always there. 
Anonymous
==========================
I was buying books about food and mood,
and I still didn’t get it. 
Anonymous
==========================
You guys have done a wonderful job of managing my life. 
Anonymous 
==========================
When I drink liquor I always overshot the mark, 
because I drink liquor like I did beer, chug-a-lug. 
Anonymous 
==========================
He knew what I meant and I knew he knew what I meant. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Then I begin to wonder if I meant what 
he thought I meant that I meant. 
Anonymous 
==========================
And then I said, ‘you don’t understand my case is different.’ 
Anonymous 
==========================
Then he said, look for the small positive 
things in your life, that’s God. 
Anonymous 
==========================
The dog would see me coming in the door and walk away, 
six months later he wagged his tail. 
That’s progress, ala-dog. 
Anonymous T
==========================
They let me bring on the luggage of my 
mind to a more peaceful mind. 
Anonymous
==========================
I objectified women, no more, I’m married. 
Anonymous
==========================
When he asked me to come, I said yes! 
Because I was having a good day. 
Later, I went why? 
anonymous
==========================
My grandmother became a nun of the third 
order and never gave me advice. 
She was very spiritual. 
Anonymous 
==========================
my sponsor with stand in the door talking to people, 
and often she would say who wants to join the club? 
Anonymous 
==========================
When I started being quiet I was able to go back
 to my childhood and I was healed from the past. 
Anonymous 
==========================
You can tell me anything and I won’t 
be able to remember it tomorrow. 
Anonymous 
==========================
The only way I can honor my late son is to stay sober,
 that’s what he wanted for me. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I still try to keep things really really simple. 
Anonymous
==========================
If you do those things that were suggested life 
will get better whether you like it or not. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I spend a lot of time in the future and my 
disease doesn’t want me to speak up. 
Anonymous 
==========================
No matter who I had to manipulate it was 
always about getting that next drink. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I shat, showered, and shaved and rushed off to the meeting. 
Anonymous 
==========================
God picked women in my life because 
I wasn’t willing to reach out. 
Anonymous
==========================
I took a piss in the isle of a grocery store and 
the owner said let him go,maybe if he finds out 
what he did, he might seek help. 
Anonymous
==========================
Hell, hell isn’t as bad as it’s all made out to be. 
Anonymous 
==========================
If I stop taking my meds they always ask me,
 in alarm, are you taking your meds? 
I would wonder how they knew, duh! 
Anonymous
==========================
It was the not drinking that I had the problem with. 
Anonymous
==========================
If I’m still thinking about it three days later 
then something has to be wrong. 
Anonymous 
==========================
He told me to turn my life over to whatever
 it would take to get out of the idiot mode. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Don’t let the life AA gave gave you 
get in the way of your AA life. 
Anonymous
==========================
My family believe that if you’re an alcoholic death is close by. 
Anonymous
===========================
In my family booze and drugs ran freely, 
it was like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I ended up falling into a relationship 
I shouldn’t have been in. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Each time I would go through the steps 
I would go through a new level of humility. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I had to get to this meeting this morning so 
my wife wouldn’t commit homicide. 
Anonymous 
===========================
We pray for His will for us and not for the results. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Within two days after getting a NFL contract I broke 
my back and the only thing I could move as my face. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I figured that if I had kids it would make things better,
it did, but I lost all seven of them. Twice.
===========================
I was to lose my kids again. Anonymous 
===========================
Today was two years sober I have all my kids back, 
all seven of them, and they are all right here right now. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I asked God to take me where you needed me to be, 
not where I wanted to be. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I’ve trained for 17 years for the pros 
and God brought me here instead. 
Anonymous
===========================
God makes His own calendar, his own appointments 
and has never been late. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I discovered it was my thinking that got me into trouble. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I stay in the bubble and once there I can 
grow and grow and I don’t have to leave the bubble. 
Anonymous
===========================
Once we are here with had too much already. 
Anonymous 
===========================
The most excitement I get today is when my 
phone buzzes in my pocket. 
Anonymous
===========================
After three years in the program and 
a guy said “you needed help, and by that I mean a sponsor”. 
Anonymous
===========================
He said there’s one thing that I can promise 
you and that’s if you do the steps your life will change. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I got sober on an intuitive thought. 
The voice said, why don’t you go to AA. 
I had never heard of a AA. 
Anonymous 
===========================
There’s the decision, a prayer and then there’s action. 
Anonymous 
===========================
The world out there doesn’t change but 
my perception of it does. 
Anonymous 
===========================
If you’re still pumping air you’ve got a chance. 
Anonymous
===========================
I did a real good job of making others look good. 
Anonymous 
===========================
AI have 9 months and am making life-changing decisions. 
Anonymous
===========================
 AA has taught me that’s life and that things are going to happen.
 Anonymous
===========================
The best day of your life is when you get custody of your kids, 
the worst day is when they show up at your front door. 
Anonymous 
===========================
A voice said you don’t know what God’s will 
for you is but it’s not to lay on your bed and
feel sorry for yourself. 
Anonymous 
===========================
In 2008 I made a decision, I was through fighting. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Alcohol became my default in all my issues. 
Anonymous 
===========================
My sponsor said my self-will I just said I was trying to wrest 
satisfaction out of the world so I could control it. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I got arrested after having an accident, how is doing 
some inappropriate action with a woman while driving. 
Anonymous 
===========================
When I first saw these steps I rewrote those as Sam sees it. 
Anonymous 
===========================
He said, in closing as he left, tough s***, don’t drink, 
call your sponsor, and help someone else. 
Anonymous
===========================
Coming to meetings is the core of my life, 
I come here and I’m humbled. 
Anonymous 
===========================
If I cut my left arm off, or I cut my right arm off,
 I can still drink because all I need to do is get
 alcohol in me through an enema. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Only a fool would do tomorrow what are you wouldn’t do today. 
Anonymous 
===========================
The woman who left me 30 years ago in Germany 
is now my present wife. 
Anonymous
===========================
I was doing all the things suggested to me but 
I was doing them robotically. 
So, tonight I will do a much better 10th step. 
Anonymous
===========================
‘FucketBob’ died this morning. 
My first sponsored by of cancer,
 my second sponsor died and 
I went to Bob and ask him if 
he would be my sponsor, he said 
‘I’m not going to be your sponsor, 
you’re the kiss of death’. 
Anonymous
========================
 I am my own dilemma. 
Anonymous 
========================
I don’t have a trigger for my anger now, 
I don’t have to go back into the bars. 
I’m shooting blanks
Anonymous 
========================
You can’t do anything in this program 
without first admitting you’re powerless 
over Alcohol. 
Anonymous 
========================
I was a little kid with a genius IQ
and overly protected by my two
 sisters and my mother. 
Anonymous 
========================
I staggered through life. 
Anonymous 
========================
I knew I had to do the first step and 
all the others I should have done 
just growing up. 
Anonymous
========================
If you’re miserable and not drinking, 
start praying. 
Anonymous 
========================
I tend to visit unmanageability 
from time to time, and every time
 I’m lost again. 
Anonymous
========================
 My sponsor said are you drinking today?
And I said ‘no’, and he said ‘then you’re a winner’. 
And I said why do I want to kill myself? 
Anonymous 
========================
Pain makes you vulnerable, 
vulnerable to the beauty of 
the world around you. 
Anonymous 
========================
I didn’t think I was powerless over alcohol,
 because I drank at certain times and those
 times got closer and closer together. 
Anonymous 
========================
Nothing Stops a bullet like a job, 
so when I got out of prison I got a job. 
Anonymous
========================
A voice in my head said it’s a shortcut to a better life. 
Anonymous 
========================
I feel like using swear words in 
memory of ‘f****** Bob’. 
Anonymous 
========================
I came into the Fellowship weighing 56 lbs.
Anonymous 
========================
Bill W. had to let go of any kind of 
grandiosity in order to get to doctor Bob. 
He was desperate. 
Anonymous
========================
I dealt with sexual harassment at 
the age of 3 years old and never 
told my father and if he knew about
 it it would have destroyed him. 
Anonymous 
========================
My aunt Drank Sherry in a little glass, 
and at times she would pour what was 
left back into the bottle. 
Anonymous 
========================
Remember one of the moments 
when I actually felt a great Freedom, 
although I had absolutely terrified myself. 
Anonymous 
========================
I got the curse of a strange freedom
from that first drink. 
Anonymous 
========================
I remember the first party at my 
house and the house was a wreck. 
People stayed around all night long 
cleaning up for me. 
They didn’t have to do that,
 but they did. 
Anonymous
========================
 I spent most of my life working 
on a diving boat and as a girl I 
wanted to be the toughest bloke there. 
Anonymous 
========================
I became more expansive in life,
 became more offencive and oppressive. 
Anonymous 
========================
I had to come to the conclusion that 
I actually had feelings and discovered 
what emotions were. 
Anonymous 
========================
The worst place for this alcoholic is 
between these two ears. 
Anonymous
========================
I was living in Thomas Square Park 
and sleeping in the doorway of a 
church and I thought I had it together. 
Anonymous 
========================
He said your life is your story. 
Anonymous 
========================
I was just a common drunk.
Anonymous 
========================
The Department of Corrections 
corrected my behavior. 
Anonymous 
========================
Today God gives me the gift of the present. 
Anonymous 
========================
I finally discovered and what I had thought was boredom
 in my life was actually Serenity. 
Anonymous 
========================
I need somebody with sanity to check my ideas.
Anonymous
========================
What I found was that short pain 
creates long-term satisfaction and
 that short-term satisfaction creates long-term pain. 
Anonymous 
========================
I grew up with Hellfire and Damnation. 
Anonymous 
========================
When I drink I thought I had the 
John Wayne handbook, I could talk to girls. 
Anonymous 
========================
I started going to places that opens at 4 a.m.
and said that I wasn’t that bad. 
Anonymous
========================
Step 3 to me was about faith. 
I know everything is going to be okay. 
Anonymous
========================
I’m an over-thinker as well and it 
can take me way out there. 
Anonymous 
========================
We have no opinions on outside issues, 
hence I have no opinion on what do you believe. 
Anonymous 
========================
I am a college graduate and up to five 
years ago I had never been homeless. 
Anonymous
========================
I realized that the greatest freedom 
for me was when I discovered that
we are equal. 
Anonymous
========================
 I got a Big Book while in jail and before
I went to prison I knew I was an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
========================
He said you need to do service, 
recovery and Unity will combine the two. 
Anonymous 
========================
When I got here I thought this 
place was good for you, 
but I was going to be moving on. 
Anonymous 
========================
So, recovery, unity and service 
nearly 20 years later has kept me sober. 
Anonymous 
========================
There’s something about the breakfast meetings 
because it will reflect over the afternoon. 
Anonymous 
========================
When people gave me a hug 
I didn’t like it and my wife said 
‘who gives you the right to take 
away their chance to give you a hug’? 
Anonymous 
========================
Politics, how to bring out the worst in people. 
Anonymous 
========================
I would wake up and have a drink 
and after that first drink I was gone. 
Anonymous 
========================
I got mad, left the group, and then came back 
and the group had gone on without me. 
Anonymous
========================

I came here to train dogs, I’m an Eskimo, 
that’s what we do train our dogs. 
Anonymous 
========================
I moved to Hawaii so I wouldn’t freeze to death 
in Alaska when I passed that, and I was always 
passing out. 
Anonymous
========================
 Narcissist don’t have to make amends because 
they’re never wrong. 
Anonymous 
========================
This is not on and on and on and on Anonymous. 
Anonymous 
========================
The opposite of sober is not drinking but dry. 
Anonymous 
========================
I married my best friend, my drinking buddy, 
it’s like I got stabbed in the back. 
Anonymous 
========================
I didn’t have a problem with drinking, 
my wife had a problem with my drinking. 
Anonymous
========================
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September 2017 HEARD AT MEETINGS

Like I said, in the Big Book this man comes out of the cellar
coming out of the cellar looking around and saying isn’t life Grand? 
Not realizing that the people he hurt 
by the tornado he created in their life. 
Anonymous
======================
I took your inventory because you wouldn’t listen to me.
Anonymous 
======================
He told me that I could relapse with the book in my hand. 
Anonymous 
======================
I sat down with my children and listened 
to them take my inventory. It was shocking, 
my behavior had decimated and destroyed 
their lives for a period of time. 
Anonymous 
======================
I’m not from here but I’m grateful that you are. 
I could hide in Alcoholics Anonymous and say
nothing but I started to grow. 
Anonymous 
======================
I know what it’s like when the lights go out, 
for me, you folks are the light. “
Anonymous
======================
I know nothing about meditation 
because my brain never turned off. 
Anonymous 
======================
There were four or five ladies in Park City 
who got together and helped me learn how to meditate. 
Anonymous
======================
My first wife told me that I would never 
find a woman as good as her, and to go f*** myself. 
Anonymous 
======================
There was a woman standing behind us,a blonde 
and we danced and have now been together 25 years. 
Anonymous 
======================
I was married to Queen alcohol and cheated 
on her with Prince dope. 
I had no purpose except to get another drink. 
Anonymous 
======================
The road to recovery is still under construction after 24 years. Anonymous 
======================
The sun is always shining, even if I go in a cave, it’s always shining. Anonymous
======================
I need to build my insurance by coming to these meetings. 
I’m so tired of going in and out. 
Anonymous 
=====================
My sponsor said ‘where are you at now”? and I said “I’m in the Kapolei Longs,” ” “do you have shoes”? yes, do you have a car? yes, look at where your feet, what’s the problem? 
Anonymous 
=====================
I went into treatment and then I became a counselor at 13 years. 
Anonymous 
=====================
When I was young they would throw 
you into a home for unwed mothers. 
Their attitude was that I should be ashamed. 
Anonymous 
=====================
She said she was involved with an alcoholic and I 
went up to her and said I’m involved with an alcoholic maybe too. 
I said why are you involved with an alcoholic and she said
because they’re exciting 
anonymous
=====================
I got a DUI and the cop asked me how fast I 
was going when I backed into him. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I did what any logical drunk would do and quit driving. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I thought I was so important that I didn’t go to court 
and they sent three officers with silver bracelets. 
Anonymous
=====================
 He showed up and hadmore tattoos than I ever thought possible. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I came from the home with a lack of love, 
a lack of abundance and today I am Most Blessed. 
Anonymous 
=====================
It’s not just willingness but willing to be willing.
Anonymous 
=====================
To me my first sponsor was god with skin.
 Anonymous 
=====================
He asked me how willing was I to be uncomfortable. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I love you today and we haven’t had sex. 
Anonymous
=====================
I nearly lost my job my family and my dignity. 
Anonymous 
========================
Some people say they got their life back, 
I never had one. 
Anonymous
========================
 I finally got beat down and came back 
into the fellowship, for, I hope, the last time. 
Anonymous 
========================
I was beaten into sweet surrender. 
Anonymous
========================
I tried to drink two years of drinking in one day. 
Anonymous 
========================
I got that feeling of yeah! This is what I’ve been missing. 
Anonymous
========================
there’s a guy in our meeting back on the 
mainland who says of step one, I’m f***** and I Know It. 
Anonymous 
========================
I can feel that my moral compass is getting better.
Anonymous 
========================
I went out, and got a bottle of vodka and tang 
and started drinking again. 
Anonymous
========================
I said something about the nuns whiskers 
and she beat the s*** out of me. 
She didn’t even take her rings off. 
They usually take the Rings off. 
Anonymous 
====================
I parked in front of the funeral home 
so that no one would know that I was coming to AA. 
Anonymous 
====================
I didn’t come for myself,
I came from my wife and daughter. 
Anonymous 
====================
This program taught me how to pray for other people, 
I had cared for no one but myself. 
Anonymous 
====================
My mother swept everything under the rug. 
Anonymous 
====================
When I walk down the street and look 
around I say there but for the grace of God go I. 
Anonymous 
====================
My ex-wife prays for me, 
she gets a check from me every month. 
Anonymous 
====================
Every morning I say to God, 
“get into my head God before I do”. 
Anonymous 
====================
I’m continuously plagued by my own thinking. 
Anonymous 
====================
When my higher power is building with me, 
there’s a destruction of Character defects. 
Anonymous
====================
It’s hard to get over reality but I’ll give you over it. 
Anonymous
====================
I was sent to Catholic school and they said 
that I was going to go to hell. 
Anonymous 
====================
I was a fat kid and I had buck teeth so
bad that I could chew corn on the 
cob through a picket fence. 
Anonymous 
====================
I’ve heard of men chasing women into the rooms,
 I was chasing him. 
Anonymous 
====================
I got a letter from my sister and she said 
that they were turning me in for child 
abandonment if I didn’t get back home 
and start taking care of my children. 
Anonymous 
====================
I went back to town and went to a club and found my brother. 
He was excited that I wanted to get sober. 
Anonymous 
====================
I didn’t lose anything because I didn’t have anything. 
What I lost was me. 
Anonymous 
====================
Here I was perfectly balanced, 
I had a chip on both shoulders. 
Anonymous 
====================
This man gave me directions, he was my sponsor, 
what he did was give me to a lady and I went through  
step 7 with her. We drank 3 cups of coffee that day. 
Anonymous 
====================
This guy wanted to kill me but he couldn’t 
find a way to do it spiritually. 
Anonymous 
====================
I was the thumper and people hated me for it. 
Anonymous
====================
 I’m going to the USS Arizona today. 
I was there before but I don’t remember it. 
Anonymous 
====================
I got a Ph.D, past having doubts. 
Anonymous
====================
It’s hard to get over reality but I’ll get over it. 
Anonymous 
====================
I found myself lying in bed every morning 
trying to arrange everyone else’s life. 
Anonymous 
====================
His voicemail said “you’re powerless leave a message”.
Anonymous 
====================
My main problem was that I was an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
====================
God speaks to me through you. 
Anonymous 
====================
For the person who knows no better, 
there is no better. 
Anonymous
====================
What you say might save my life. 
Anonymous
====================
He said “are you going to resign or 
are we going to have to fire you”. 
Anonymous 
====================
This is the greatest show in the world for a buck, 
Ringling Brothers has nothing on us. 
Anonymous 
====================
The man I was drank and the man I was will drink again. 
Anonymous
====================
The disease wants you dead 
but it will settle for miserable. 
Anonymous 
====================
It was raining when I left the hotel, 
rain never stopped me when I was drinking. 
Anonymous 
====================
I became a gambler and a loser. 
Anonymous 
====================
It’s not what the alcoholic looks like, 
it’s what the alcoholic feels. 
Anonymous 
====================
I came here and found out who I was, 
where I came from and where I was going. 
Anonymous 
====================
The newcomer proves to me that is
still doesn’t work out there. 
Anonymous 
====================
Alcohol has always played a big part of my life, 
my mother and father were both alcoholic addicts.
Anonymous
====================
I was born into a family I would wish on no one. 
Anonymous 
====================
My father was the president of a 
Southside motorcycle gang in Chicago. 
He was very violent, especially to my 
mother and my brother, he never hit me. 
Anonymous 
====================
My brother shot him when he started to beat
up on my mother and he jumped in the way. 
Anonymous 
====================
We robbed a lot of beer trucks when they
showed up at Ray’s Place, a popular restaurant. 
Anonymous 
====================
My father came into the program and 
introduced me to it when he had two years. 
Anonymous
====================
A drunk driver hit the car I was in, 
and the seat belt and I went through the front window. 
My neck was broken in 3 places and it took me 
8 months to learn how to walk all over again. 
Anonymous
====================
The woman I loved, I broke her heart and 
when I saw the anguish on her face that’s 
when I chose to come back into the program. 
Anonymous 
=======================
There were a lot of people that I 
didn’t even know me who helped me out, 
today I try and pay it forward. 
Anonymous 
=======================
There’s a reason you don’t get into a 
relationship in your first year, 
you’ll stop working yours and 
start working her program. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Thoroughly have we seen a person fail 
who is rarely followed our path. 
Anonymous 
=======================
The effect of my first drink was
Oblivion and I loved it. 
Anonymous 
=======================
When I got here I found out that I had
 been putting the wrong Spirit In Me. 
Anonymous 
=======================
One time they took me to the hospital in a helicopter, 
and there was just enough fun to keep doing what I was doing anonymous 
=======================
I had been hitting the bottom for 
10 years and didn’t even know it. 
Anonymous
=======================
Every evening at dusk I would rush 
into Ala Moana Park to get my table 
so that I could sleep on it. 
Anonymous 
=======================
One night I woke up and there was 
this big body covering me, 
sort of like the fetal position. 
I came to look at her she looked 
me in the eyes and I knew she 
was just trying to protect me.
Anonymous 
=======================
Today gratitude is the rush that I chase. 
Anonymous 
=======================
To the newcomer, welcome to the train ride, 
no more train wrecks. 
Anonymous
=======================
I started drinking but it didn’t solve anything,
It didn’t make the nightmare go away. 
Anonymous 
=======================
My attention span became less and less 
and I thought the men in white Coats 
were going to come and take me away. 
Anonymous 
=======================
35 years ago on PBS there was a program called Broadhead,
two guys drink a lot of one I followed the most had become an alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I agreed to go to a meeting with this lady in San Francisco 
and I thought that I could learn how to drink more and suffer less. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I drank until I got sick and spent most of the night in the bathroom. 
Anonymous
=======================
I have no idea why my boss put up with me. I was 
constantly running to the bathroom.
Anonymous
=======================
My first sponsor bought me the big book 
and I couldn’t concentrate, but I could 
read the stories in the back. 
Anonymous 
=======================
She suggested that I go to 30 meetings
in 30 days and I thought that, ‘I can do that’. 
Anonymous
=======================
My subconscious suggested that I was an 
alcoholic and unless I stood up and admitted
 it I would continue to suffer. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Then I started listening to their problems 
and how they solve them. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I could admit that my life is unmanageable,
but I just couldn’t admit that I was an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I would go to work, catch the Muni, 
and I would carry my lunch and my
evening clothes in a bag.
I looked like a homeless lady. 
Anonymous
=======================
Today I thank God for Progress not Perfection. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I can sit in a meeting and commit disaster in my head. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Today I have a great life and nothing seems to irrelevant. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I do laps in the pool but I seem to spend 
more time trying to stay afloat and getting anywhere. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I’ve learned skillful ways to deal with things. 
Anonymous
=======================
At my first meeting a woman said she 
had killed her best friend, 
I no longer was interested in her. 
I moved up front and sat with the
 others and started at identifying with them. 
Anonymous 
========================
I respect people who come back and 
tell us what it was like in the cave. 
Anonymous 
========================
My friend said would you like to go
out for cocktails and my mind said, cocktails? 
It took me many years to get back into the fellowship. 
Anonymous 
========================
And I graduated high school at 17 and 
my teacher came to me and said he 
had never thought I would make it. 
Anonymous
========================
I was looking in the door of the club, 
this man said come on in this is 
where the medicine is. 
Anonymous 
========================
I was living in my van in my boss 
parking lot and he would
could come out to to y van 
and knock on the door say it’s time to go to work. 
Anonymous 
========================
My big brother had six warrants for 
his arrest because every time I got 
caught; I didn’t show up. 
My brother used to get arrested because 
of me because I had used his name 
at  every police stop. 
Anonymous 
==========================
The judge told me it was a year in jail 
or treatment. I went to in-house treatment. 
Anonymous 
In treatment I discovered that I was an alcoholic, 
that was in1983. 
Anonymous 
 
I try to practice these principles in all my Affairs. 
Anonymous

My sponsor said you have two ears and one mouth,
shut up and you might make it. 
Anonymous
========================
I’m happy my man is happy, but give me 
a minute and I manufacture another resentment 
in a New York second. 
Anonymous 
========================
The biggest addiction that I have 
now is in my own beliefs. 
Anonymous
========================
Myrtle Beach South Carolina, 
that’s the redneck Riviera. 
Anonymous 
==========================
They had the hottest chicks in AA, 
that’s why I went there. 
Anonymous
==========================
I discovered that I like people, I thought they 
were all goofy when I first came into the fellowship. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Goofy is as Goofy is. 
Anonymous 
==========================
They found me in a stairwell passed out 
and got me to ER, I was almost dead. 
Anonymous 
==========================
My family always loved me but they didn’t like me. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I quit drinking every night when I passed out. 
That was the closest I ever came to quitting.
Anonymous 
==========================
I was putting beer in my coffee for creamer. 
Anonymous 
==========================
And 9 months I went over 800 meetings, not because I had to,
but because I had to. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I used to live in a chicken coop, 
there were no chickens there.
I also sold plasma her about $5.00 a pint, 
I could do that three times a month. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I was clean and sober, living in a sober house, 
and there was no priority to go to meetings. 
Anonymous 
==========================
The second part of step one was easy. 
My life had become an absolute Train wreck. 
Anonymous 
==========================
My buffer was ruined, I felt like a raw nerve. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Step one shows me the problem in Steps 2- 12r the solution. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Whatever Serenity is, I wasn’t it. 
Anonymous 
==========================
He said he didn’t take the first step the first step took him. 
Anonymous
==========================
Love is about creativity, love is about Transcendence. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I was supernaturally mugged by God. 
Anonymous 
==========================
At 20 I didn’t think anyone could be an Alcoholic at that age. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Being in Hawaii and drinking was very, very lonely. 
Anonymous 
==========================
When I started my fourth step I thought I was
 writing the Great American novel. 
Anonymous
==========================
I’m a social worker and I came to Alcoholics Anonymous 
because I was accused of terrorist threatening. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I came here because I was a terrorist and 
went into career counseling. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I had more than one psychotic breakdown. 
Anonymous
==========================
I thought I had the worst story ever and I 
came here and this guy had been shot twice in the head. 
Anonymous 
==========================
I received a new freedom and a new happiness, such,
that I can’t even put it into words. 
Anonymous
==========================
I did have the ability to craft a paper that 
doesn’t say I was a terrorist. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Can you imagine, a social worker, being 
accused of terroristic threatening? 
Anonymous 
==========================
I discovered that all Australians were not alcoholic,
it was me that was the Alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
==========================
While taking classes in Australia, 
they would take me out for tea. 
Anonymous 
==========================
Being an Alcoholics Anonymous is nothing 
short of a dream for me. 
Anonymous
==========================
He was like Jerry Springer, tongue Foo. 
Anonymous
==========================
I’m living life I always thought others deserve, but not me. 
Anonymous
========================
People would always welcome me back. 
Anonymous
========================
I keep running it up against the wall, 
knocking myself down and getting up
 and doing it all over again. 
Anonymous 
========================
I’m here because I drank a beer, 
and then another beer, and then 
another ad infinitum. 
Anonymous 
========================
After that beer I didn’t go back home
and was homeless for 5 years. 
Anonymous 
========================
The reality was I got matching bracelets, 
I was arrested over 50 times. 
Anonymous 
========================
There were times when Bill and Bob 
were offered your big money and it 
was decided they would try to control AA 
so we became self-supporting through our own contributions anonymous 
========================
I have to accept that you have your own path. 
Anonymous 
========================
I had a fight over a six-pack of beer and
it unleashed the beast. Anonymous 
========================
I found it was my job to understand rather 
than to be understood. 
Anonymous 
========================
Thanks to a Higher Power which is not me, 
I turned 13 years last month. 
Anonymous 
========================
She said I could mindf#$@  a straight vine. 
Anonymous 
========================
Okay I heard the bell, I feel like 
an over baked pizza in a microwave. 
Anonymous
========================
I feel like I spent the first half of my 
youth on the self-destruct button. 
I came here and took my finger off the button. 
Anonymous 
======================
I didn’t get sober because I wanted to;
I got sober because the judge said I 
had a problem with alcohol. 
anonymous 
======================
I have a hard life but if I can 
look at the bigger picture. 
Anonymous 
======================
I got stuck in the mess and my 
sponsor said to just stick with the honesty. 
Anonymous 
======================
My sponsor said f****** alcoholics 
you can’t live with them and you 
can’t live without em. 
Anonymous 
======================
There are five year babies out there, 
10-year babies, everybody is a big baby, 
I have a year. 
Anonymous 
======================
To make decisions on the way 
I feel is not good for me, 
I lean toward the darkness. 
Anonymous 
======================
Why is that person being such an 
a******, he must have something
rough on his mind. 
Anonymous 
======================
My opportunity is to recognize 
the flaw and go back and correct it. 
Anonymous 
======================
My dad had his beer, he paid for it. 
I wanted his beer so I took it. 
I was 10 years old. 
Anonymous 
======================
I did 30 days in treatment and 
discovered there was a different 
design for my living and the way 
I had been living. 
Anonymous
======================
I came back to the rooms because 
I was hurting my wife and children. 
Anonymous
======================
I’m a little different than most people, I didn’t start drinking until I was 21. Anonymous
===================== 
There are two kinds of sponsors, 
there are the hard boots sponsor 
and there’s the wet nipples sponsor. 
Anonymous 
=====================
Somehow my pineal gland got 
attached to my light bulb. 
Anonymous 
=====================
My purpose is to stay sober 
and not become a bad example. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I had a hard nosed sponsor who 
told me to go to a meeting every day
 and he would tell me when to stop. 
He died eight years ago and
 I still go to a meeting every day.
Anonymous 
=====================
 I came to a week later and 800 miles away. 
I had bacterial pneumonia, they 
Medevaced me to a special Hospital. 
Anonymous 
=====================
I did not know I was an alcoholic until I knew. 
Anonymous
=====================
If I could drink like normal people
I would drink everyday. 
Anonymous
=====================
My job at my company just to prove that most of the people are wrong. Anonymous 
===========================
When I came in I wanted you to shut up the voices in my head. Anonymous 
===========================
My parents were from the Appalachian 
Mountains and my father made white lightning. 
Anonymous 
===========================
My dad always drove 10 Inch Nails in a board 
and when you came up to our place you would 
flatten your tires. So we never had visitors and 
I was very lonely. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I wasn’t the cookie burner, I loved bars, 
especially the bloody bucket. 
Anonymous 
===========================
If there’s any excuse, a good one, to drink; 
tell me about it. 
Anonymous 
===========================
As an adult I still think about that board across the road, minus the nails, just the board. 
Anonymous
===========================
My sobriety date is July 1976, it’s a good deal, 
especially for the LA County Sheriff’s Department. 
Anonymous 
===========================
My service is in the homeless shelter and the county jail. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I had no idea what a chronic mind was,
 I had no clue what that meant, 
and it goes on to Talk about fear, self-delusion Etc. 
Anonymous
===========================
It was pretty obvious that something 
was wrong with me, I needed help 
and that help came from the big book. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Now my job is to be of Maximum service to my fellows. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Thank God for Bill and dr. Bob, 
they gave us the information we 
needed on how to conduct 
ourselves in the world. 
Anonymous
===========================
We can all shoot our mouths off here, 
but what do I do when I’m not here. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I can only demonstrate my gratitude 
by being a service. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I don’t have a relationship with God, 
I am a relationship with God. 
Anonymous 
===========================
It is necessary for me to believe that
I can be restored to sanity. 
Anonymous 
===========================
If I don’t stand up today, who’s going 
to be the coffee maker, the secretary 
and clean the coffee cups. 
Anonymous
===========================
I’m kind of awake, Sandy said it was important 
to become more awake, humble. 
Anonymous 
===========================
The big book is full of service commitments. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I have become part of the source, 
you and me, and God. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I went to an out of town meeting one time 
and there was only one person there and 
he said to me “can you sign my paper, ” 
And I said not unless we have a meeting. 
So we had a meeting just the two of us. 
Anonymous
===========================
At the first meeting I went to they talked 
about God and I said to myself, 
with all the problems I have and you 
want to talk about God? 
Anonymous 
===========================
My sponsor said to me, good for you b****. 
I have a sailor’s mouth and she could match me. 
Anonymous 
===========================
What made Milwaukee famous made
a fool out of me. 
Anonymous 
===========================
We go on with the disease and end 
up going down in the bushes over here. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I would called The Big Book a pass to 
God through dummies. 
Anonymous
===========================
We all know that we are sensitive here,
I said we have these freaking thoughts 
and you won’t feel different when you 
come here on a regular basis. 
Anonymous 
===========================
There’s a chapter in the big book called into action, 
not thinking or into feelings. 
Anonymous 
===========================
In New York New we  go to a meeting
 where we read each promise from each step. 
Anonymous
===========================
 My higher power never leave so I try
 to improve my conscious contact.
 Anonymous 
===========================
Just remember God handles all litigation.
 Anonymous
===========================
 I went to a meeting where there is
 nothing but a lot of yabba dabba doo.
 Anonymous
===========================
 I came here to find out what I don’t
 know from you guys.
 Anonymous
===========================
 I was here in Waikiki over 30 years ago
 and I was anything with sober.
 Anonymous
===========================
I came to and it was Wednesday. 
The judge had adjourned to court. 
That was after eight years work
with a lot of other attorneys. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I went into treatment the very same day. 
Anonymous 
===========================
When guy in treatment came there 
because of his anger.
 He hung a beating on a couple of cops. 
Anonymous 
===========================
I worked for lawyers, I married a lawyer, 
and it’s a good reason to drink. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Someone says stop taking them to clinics, 
and give them the big book. 
Anonymous
===========================
I no longer walk around talking to the Village People. 
Anonymous 
===========================
Someone has to be chasing you around 
with a net to get in here. Harvard won’t do. 
Anonymous 
===========================
This is where I get my mind changed turned around.
Anonymous 
===========================
My sponsor told me that I have to be
spiritually fit if I’m going to be helping anyone. 
Anonymous 
===========================
We’re all crazy here it’s not a competition. 
Anonymous
===========================
I just drink to take the edge off. 
Anonymous 
===================
I never drank alone, I would go up 
and down five different bars looking 
for someone I knew. If I couldn’t find 
someone to drink with I would buy a
couple of bottles and go sit up there
on the mountain. 
Anonymous 
===================
I would drink so much that I couldn’t 
go to work for days at a time. 
Anonymous 
===================
I got five DUIs, which I will remind you, 
is not a prerequisite for membership here. 
Anonymous 
===================
I didn’t like the idea of God, 
I would call my sponsor complaining
 about God and I only called my sponsor 
when I was drinking and he would always
say read the chapter to the agnostics, 
read the chapter to the agnostics. 
Anonymous 
===================
The judge told me he wanted me 
to go to three meetings a week, 
for five years, and I thought that 
was a little excessive. 
Anonymous 
===================
I was learning that when people came 
down Alcoholics Anonymous they were getting better, 
I had been in and out of the fellowship for 8 years. 
Anonymous 
===================
I finally learned the Lord’s Prayer. 
Jesus Christ as my higher power 
today but that’s just for me, it 
doesn’t have to be for you. 
Anonymous 
===================
My first meeting I went to a guy 
walked up and said Hi, my name
is Joe and I’m an alcoholic. 
Anonymous
===================
I got sober when a drunken driver broke my back. 
Anonymous 
===================
I was an alcoholic also but it 
wasn’t me who admitted it. 
Anonymous 
===================
Someone told me to shut the f******, 
set the f*** down, 
and read the F***** book. 
Anonymous
===================
My whole family was in there 
in their designated 12-step program, 
I think the dog even went to Ala-dog. 
Anonymous
===================
Every one of my relationships 
were born of Alcohol. 
Anonymous 
===================
I was paralyzed by fear when 
I walked into the rooms. 
Anonymous 
===================
I was so alone, family of eight,
loving mother and family, 
but I felt so alone. 
Anonymous 
===================
I came to Alcoholics Anonymous 
and I got into the circle. 
Anonymous 
===================
You can do what you want to do, 
but for me, this man, alcohol is a demon. 
Anonymous 
===================
I said to myself on top of all 
my problems, why did I have 
to become an Alcoholic. 
Anonymous 
===================
Someone told me that because 
of alcohol that’s why I had the problems. 
Anonymous 
===================
You’ve got to continue to tell on yourself. 
Anonymous
===================
I had a soul sickness that nothing could touch. 
Anonymous 
===================
I’m as powerless today as the 
day I walked into the fellowship. 
Anonymous
===================
You share your stuff and I can relate. 
Anonymous 
========================
I fell off a jetty and broke my toes. 
My wife said ‘are you okay’ and I said, ‘
I’m good don’t worry about it my toe 
was broken and twisted the other way, 
because I didn’t want to Surfers just 
see me look like less than a man. 
Anonymous
========================
Just because I’m sober doesn’t mean 
I’m in a protected class. 
A lot can happen in that reality when 
the truth comes up against that belief. 
Anonymous 
========================
You heard my wife so you know 
I never win an argument. 
Anonymous 
========================
Alcohol wasn’t bad in Singapore,
it was the drugs that were bad. 
Anonymous 
========================
You know, those Ala-Nons referred
to as as those people with a potential 
for purpose. 
Anonymous 
========================
How was the proverbial small fish in a big pond. 
Anonymous 
========================
For me the only problem worse than 
drinking and driving was drinking and thinking. 
Anonymous 
========================
The only problem with a four-year 
degree is that it takes four years. 
Anonymous 
========================
No matter where you are, there you are. 
Anonymous 
========================
I wanted responsibilities so I married 
a Panamanian or whore who had a child. 
Anonymous 
========================
My sponsor said that lawyers and
prostitutes screw you for money. 
He didn’t like my wife because 
she was an attorney. 
He’s not my sponsor anymore. 
Anonymous 
========================
I worked the steps pretty fast, is that good? 
What it means is that I have a fighting chance 
for a Fighting Chance. 
Anonymous
  ========================
An old-timer said if you want self-esteem 
do the things that are estimable to you. 
Anonymous
========================
I believe I am on a spiritual journey in a physical body. 
Anonymous 
========================
I grew up in an alcoholic family 
but it was very normal. 
Anonymous 
========================
My mother said what are we going to do with him? 
And my father said Sending to Japan where his sister is. 
Anonymous
========================
I stuck with the losers and I got 
what the losers got. 
Anonymous 
========================
I told my wife that at the AA meeting 
they told me that I didn’t have to stop 
drinking but to just to knock it back a bit. 
Anonymous 
========================
I bought a six-pack and drank it, 
and I thought to myself, 
this is the phenomenon of craving 
they were talking about. 
Anonymous 
========================
I had three moments of clarity and 
went back to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Anonymous
========================
My husband had his ears checked out they were okay,
it was now certified that my husband doesn’t listen to me.
 Ala-non 
=======================
 My husband wanted to go scuba diving and 
I called my sponsor because I was afraid and
she said well then do it afraid then just do it 
and hung up the phone. 
Ala-non
=======================
I no longer have to be married to my husband, 
I get to be married to my husband.
Ala-non
=======================
Sometimes my will and God’s will or not that different.
Anonymous
=======================
I was working in the Aerospace industry and
I kept asking God why am I here, why am I here.?
Anonymous
=======================
One day the message came through,
it was to be in service.
Anonymous
=======================
Step 3 was very hard for me, I believed in God,
but step 3 was very hard.
Anonymous
=======================
All of a sudden all my other addictions kicked in,
men money and food.
Anonymous
=======================
I’m trying very hard to constantly breathe God in and out.
Anonymous
=======================
In Kuwait when you get shot at the Serenity Prayer
went out to right out the window.
Anonymous
=======================
I wasn’t grateful when I got here but my
sponsor said to me, does your left thumb hurt,
I said no then he said, did you right  thumb hurt 
and I said no, and he said then you’ve got
something to be grateful for.
Anonymous
=======================
I thought that these meetings were hurting my life,
and found out that one hour a day was fixing my life.
Anonymous
=======================
I soon found that I was always in collision with someone,
the truth was that I was sponsoring myself.
Anonymous
=======================
I thought these meetings were hurting my life
and found out that one hour a day they were fixing my life.
Anonymous
=======================
Thank God that my will brought me to you guys,
and today God’s will gives me peace.
Anonymous
=======================
— 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com
 
 
 
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When I was a kid I drank a gallon and 

a half of apple juice thinking I could get drunk. 
I peed the bed that night. 
Anonymous 
==================
All I did was chase women. work and get drunk.  
Anonymous 
==================
I checked into treatment I was going
through the DTs evidently I did something
 really out of order and they threw me out at 3 a.m. . 
Anonymous 
==================
I wandered around and passed out,
woke up and had been robbed. 
I called the cops and when they got 
there they said ‘do you know where you’re at?’,
I said ‘no’, and they said ‘you’re in Mayor Wright housing’. 
Anonymous 
==================
Today I have a whole new group of friends
 and we go traveling to the different islands
 and meetings together. 
Anonymous 
==================
The group voluntold me for GSR. 
Anonymous 
==================
I wish to claim that these steps are a 
road map to where I want to get in life. 
Anonymous
==================
I followed the steps that were suggested to me. 
Anonymous 
==================
I got tired of being sick and tired 
of being sick and tired. 
Anonymous
==================
I went into a bar called The Quiet Woman. 
Behind the Bar was the Torso of a woman, headless. 
Anonymous 
==================
If you don’t take the risk you’ll never know the joy. 
Anonymous 
=================
I Had my first meeting and there were 
several people over 5 years and I thought 
they were all smoking pot. 
Anonymous 
==================
I always let people know that everything 
was their fault and was unwilling to trust
my own perception of the truth. 
Anonymous 
==================
I would wake up wondering where my 
car was and when I would find it. I looking
 for scratches and things like that on it, 
there were usually were several scratches. 
Anonymous 
==================
I come from a religious dysfunctional family. 
Anonymous 
==================
My first meeting I parked my motorcycle 
right outside the meeting. 
I had long hair and a beard down to here. 
Anonymous 
==================
He asked me if I believe the ocean 
was more powerful than myself and I said ‘yes’, 
and he said do you believe that AA and the 
fellowship can help your alcoholism and I said ‘yes’, and he said, ‘congratulations you’ve done the third step’. 
Anonymous 
==================
The first thing I want to do is fight, 
I have these feelings that go to my brain. 
It takes years for them to get to my frontal lobe. 
Anonymous 
==================
At 5 I went to public school and hit 
my teacher with the chair, 
I couldn’t go to public school again. 
Anonymous 
==================
We are delusional when we get here, 
if you don’t believe that stick around 
and listen for a while. 
Anonymous 
==================
They said ‘have you ever hugged your father
and told him you loved him’?, 
I said ‘what’?, you got to be kidding’. 
Anonymous 
==================
I was leaving the house and I turned and hugged 
to my father and said ‘I love you’, 
something happened to me then, 
and I never leave the house without telling them that I love them. 
Anonymous
==================
I read every Bible several times, the Quran, 
the Kabbalah text and never found a religion 
that comes close to what I hear in these rooms. 
Anonymous 
================
I thought my whole life for centeredness, 
I, we, are about 20% off center and I can identify with it. 
Anonymous 
================
Today I take action instead of aggression. 
Anonymous
================
My problems today are gold plated. 
Anonymous 
================
Thanks for asking me to speak Dave,
it’s always an honor to listen to myself. 
Anonymous 
================
I was never voluntarily committed to a hospital. 
Why would you go on your own volition. 
Anonymous 
================
Sometimes I’ll jaywalk at 5 a.m. just to get a little thrill. 
Anonymous 
================
I’m in a liver transplant class thinking about 
all the women I’m going to seduce. 
I’m in a transplant class for god sakes. 
Anonymous 
================
Nowadays when I look in the mirror I see that a******. 
Anonymous 
================
When I change the way I look at things, 
things change. 
Anonymous 
================
There is no problem outside of me that 
can’t be changed from within. 
Anonymous
=========I would always going go around willing and wanting to be annoyed. I always wanted to be alone. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I’m here with my new wife and that can go 
away really easy if I don’t come to meetings. 
I’m a heat-seeking missile. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Some old-timers will say that they drank 
a lot more and a lot longer. 
And I would say well it took you a lot 
longer to get here. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I got Sober by a fork and a spoon, 
I got fat, just sitting with people after 
the meeting in restaurants. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Hell, my sponsor offered me a way 
out when there was no way out. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I was walking down the street and I saw a guy lying in the dirt and I went over to see if he was okay. He was laying there talking to the dirt. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Sponsoring people keeps me 
connected to my own program. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I was stealing from my mom while I was sober. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I remember one guy saying to me if you’re all there, what the f*** are you doing here. 
Anonymous 
=======================
One guy had seven years and had a drink 
and the next day ended up in prison. 
Anonymous
==============================
People would always tell me what I did tonight before and I would say that’s not cool. This went on for years. 
Anonymous 
==============================
I was always afraid of what I would do. 
Anonymous 
==============================
This one guy came on board the ship and 
had penises tattooed all over his face. 
He had been in a blackout and had to be told. 
Anonymous 
==============================
My problem was that every time I would 
go to pray I would think of an old man 
and visualize these different faces. 
Anonymous 
==============================
He told me that part of conversation was listening, 
go figure. Anonymous I was in Las Vegas and I 
was really drunk and I kept calling Billy Crystal because I thought he was my waiter. And I was also telling Julius Erving how to play basketball. 
Anonymous 
==============================
I tend to think I can park wherever I want and have a lot of parking tickets to prove it. 
Anonymous 
==============================
I tried all these different things and finally became a Jesus Freak which is what I am now. 
Anonymous
==============================
I was picking up frequent flyers to the emergency room. 
Anonymous 
============================
The emergency nurse smiled at me one 
day and said if you want break my 
anonymity 
============================
I’ll let you know that I’m an alcoholic and 
I know someone who can help you. 
Anonymous 
============================
I like to think of myself as a hardcore 
Big Book Thumper. 
============================
Anonymous I like to take a morning meeting
 into my day rather than a meeting into my night. 
Anonymous 
============================
I’m a fast thinker, not deep, fast. 
Anonymous 
============================
When a man gets a flat tire he calls AAA, 
when an alcoholic gets a flat tire he calls the suicide hotline.
Anonymous
============================
I want to thank the men of the fellowship 
it took took me to their heart and opened mine. 
Anonymous 
============================
Alcohol was the love of my life and 
crystal meth was my mistress. 
Anonymous 
============================
If I’m not plugged into a meeting I can look around, 
see someone take a drink and think I can do that 
and get my butt to a meeting. 
Anonymous 
============================
I thought that if I can control this then I 
can drink the way I want to drink. 
Anonymous 
============================
I thought I could just come in here 
and sit on my butt, assmosis. 
Anonymous 
============================
I’m lucky I had a sponsor who insisted that 
I read the spiritual experience in the back of the Big Book. 
Anonymous 
============================
On the flight over here the guy sitting next to 
my wife and I was so hungover and smelled 
so horribly of liquor that I was grateful to be in this Fellowship. 
Anonymous
============================
I don’t know why but my higher power plucked 
me out of the abyss of Hell. 
Anonymous 
============================
Long before my first drink, at 3, I felt different,
that I would never fit in. But overall it was pretty dark. 
Anonymous 
============================
At 16 something Told me in that drink 
that this was the solution. 
Anonymous 
============================
At 19 I went to my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
A few years later I bottomed out 
Anonymous 
============================
My first real scare was after I took Step one
and realized that I could die if I took that first drink. 
It was Christmas break and someone gave me a 
Valium and within two months I was in
Castle hospital going through the DTs. 
Anonymous 
============================
My mind said that I deserved to drink and I 
have to remember that my thinker is busted. 
Anonymous 
============================
I have a disease and the way I can 
combat it is about growing spiritually. 
Anonymous 
============================
I had a vision that my disease was in a house 
two blocks away locked in it. 
I don’t have to turn the key and go back into hell. 
Anonymous 
============================
I built a fortress around my home, the fence is 15 ft High. 
Anonymous 
============================
I have discovered that the first thing out 
of my mind is not the right idea. 
Anonymous 
============================
31 years ago if I were to have written down 
what my life would be like now I would have
sold myself short. 
Anonymous 
============================
The program taught me to think of 
someone else beside myself. 
Anonymous 
============================
My backyard was quarter acre and 
the more I drink the smaller it got. 
Anonymous 
============================
My friend took me to a country western dance 
and I saw a little blonde and wanted her. 
My future wife was standing next to me and 
we have been happily married for 27 years now. 
Anonymous 
============================
The calmness in my life today was given to me by you folks. 
Anonymous 
============================
I wish I could give you this gift but I 
would deprive you of the trip. 
Anonymous 
============================
After I graduated my life became a nightmare. 
Anonymous 
============================
God is my hero without him I’m a zero. 
Anonymous 
============================
My sponsor said that I was you egotic. 
Anonymous 
============================
I’m here to practice Simplicity. 
Anonymous
============================
I was picking up frequent flyers to the emergency room. 
Anonymous 
============================
The emergency nurse smiled at me one day 
and said if you don’t break my anonymity 
I’ll let you know that I’m an alcoholic and 
I know someone who can help you. 
Anonymous 
============================
I like to think of myself as a hardcore big book Thumper. 
Anonymous 
============================
I like to take a morning meeting into my day 
rather than a meeting into my night. 
Anonymous 
============================
I’m a fast thinker, not deep, fast. 
Anonymous 
============================
When a man gets a flat tire he calls AAA, 
when an alcoholic gets a flat tire he calls the suicide hotline. 
Anonymous
============================
It’s my birthday month and I really just wanted to go into seclusion. Then of course I got a call yesterday and here I am. Anonymous 
=======================
I had a taste of wine when I was 14 and I thought what’s the big deal?
Anonymous 
=======================
In a couple of years I was binge drinking and I got a call from a guy, a strange guy and he said that I needed to slow down my drinking. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I grew up, got married, to a fellow drunk and it didn’t kgo so well.
Anonymous 
=======================
When I got out of treatment my sponsor said that we’re going to go through your house to make sure you have no alcohol. So I had to come up with a backup plan. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I started treatment and sat there and started noticing all the differences but after a few weeks I started looking for the similarities. 
Anonymous 
=======================
My sponsor had gone out and someone told me to get on the phone,take that list of numbers that I had, and call someone. Anonymous 
=======================
I found that his problem is not my problem and I changed, he changed, and it had to do with an attitude adjustment. Anonymous
=======================
It was hard to pick up the phone but I said to myself, it’s working for them, maybe it will work for me. 
Anonymous 
=======================
The ambulance guy came by, knocked on the door, I answered, and he said ‘Oh, I thought it was you’. The guy downstairs had fallen down the stairs. 
Anonymous
=======================
 She said, ‘go to work the program works everyday from 9 to 5. Anonymous 
=======================
I had no problem admitting I was powerless over alcohol, it did for me what I couldn’t do for myself. Then it started doing things that were unmanageable. 
Anonymous
=======================
After I worked the steps they told me that I had to find someone whose life is unmanageable, I met with him once a week and still do now. 
Anonymous
=======================
I got out of my marriage with nothing 
but that didn’t stop me. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I had seven brothers and sisters, 
two died from the disease and a 
couple of our religious and happy. 
Anonymous 
=======================
The meeting didn’t get me sober, the steps did. 
Anonymous 
=======================
He told me that it will take me 5 years 
to get my marbles back and 5 years 
to learn how to play with them. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I was invited to the White House and
if I hadn’t been sober I would have robbed them. 
Anonymous 
=======================
One thing about Step 2 is that God goes with me wherever I go.
I can stand up and claim my seat today. 
Anonymous 
=======================
If your new I hope you hear something 
here today that takes the fun out of your drinking. 
Anonymous 
=======================
Someone said at the Happy Hour
that if you don’t get in trouble you don’t get arrested. 
Anonymous 
=======================
I wanted everyone in my family to get the program, 
vote for me I’ll set you free. Anonymous
=======================
God is God, makes no difference how
 you see God, same God. 
Anonymous 
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I start off with the third step prayer in the shower. I stay in the shower until I get it right. My water bill is pretty high now. Anonymous 
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My therapist told me to meditate 4 times a day. 
I practice prayer more than meditation. 
I try mindfulness which is nothing more
than staying in the moment. 
Anonymous 
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All that junk in my trunk keeps coming
 up and I can make a stew stew or Let It Go. 
Anonymous 
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I can see who your God is by the 
way that you treat me. 
Anonymous 
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At 15 I walked into a bar and asked for a beer. 
I loved it. 
Anonymous
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Rarely did I drink that I didn’t pass out. 
Anonymous
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I would go to meetings but I didn’t live the AA way. 
I had a lot of Secrets and secrets kept me sick. 
Anonymous 
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I was going to run my truck into an overpass and commit suicide. That’s when God intervened in my life. 
Anonymous 
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I went to AA and everyone talked about God and 
I thought, they all talk about God and ‘there must be something to that’. 
Anonymous 
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Page 17. Thousands of us have been where Bill had been . Anonymous 
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Today I try not to pick and choose what I’m going to do in that book. 
Anonymous
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I’m embarrassed to be alive. 
Anonymous 
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Fear knocked on the door, Faith answered, and no one was there. 
Anonymous
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I drank to be able to take me anywhere I wanted to go. Anonymous
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My kids would rat me out to my husband, they would tell me where I hid my alcohol. 
Anonymous 
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I found that this sponsorship is mutual giving and receiving. Anonymous 
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Alcohol Let Me dance like John Travolta, sing like Neil Diamond, and believed that I was the best lover in the world. Anonymous 
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I came out of a blackout and was about to hit my wife and children. The next day they left and I called AA. 
Anonymous 
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I couldn’t hear a word you said but I kept coming back. Anonymous 
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My life changed dramatically and within the first year my family came back. 
Anonymous 
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I’m an Australian male, you never cry. My dad taught me that with the back of his hand. 
Anonymous 
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Nobody liked me, I didn’t like me, I was ready to check out. Anonymous 
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I’m not the most extroverted guy in the world, 
so I feel like I’m about to throw up. 
Anonymous 
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I went to a store, bought a 30-day chip, and my wife let me back in. 
Anonymous 
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I was a tornado going through my wife’s life. 
Anonymous
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When I went to my first meeting a guy from my old neighborhood was there and waved at me. I knew he was sober, but I didn’t know how he had done it. 
Anonymous 
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Kirk had been a Hells Angel and a Marine, it also fought in Vietnam and I called him Captain Kirk. 
Anonymous 
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I got on my knees and said ‘God please help me’, 
I called Captain Kirk and he said he thought that I was dead. 
Anonymous 
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When I came back to the fellowship they welcomed to me like a Conquering Hero. Anonymous 
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I was so anxious to burn my 5th step and then later realized that it would have helped me with my 8th and 9th. 
Anonymous 
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On making my amends, I went to a store, gave the man an envelope with money in it and told him what I had done. And he said, ‘do you want a receipt for this?’
Anonymous 
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I went back to school, got a bachelor’s in accounting and then went back and got a master’s degree. 
Anonymous 
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Thank you, you have helped me to remember 
what it was like, that’s very important. 
Anonymous 
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I think before I ever picked up that first drink 
that I already had the ism,
Alcohol just complimented it. 
Anonymous
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I didn’t have a desire to stay sober like I thought I did. anonymous 
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I stuck around and within a week I had the fire in me. Anonymous
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 My plans were to be a surf boarder and a bank robber. As I paddled out I heard the Jaws theme in my head. 
Anonymous 
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My son pulled on my leg and said Daddy what are you going to do with that gun? I left the house for a couple days. 
Anonymous 
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The year before I came into the fellowship I was in a psych ward, they gave me great drugs and took care of me. Anonymous 
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I could only stay three days in treatment because of my insurance and when I got out I went to straight for that drink that was 20 years ago. 
Anonymous 
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What I have gotten is an evolving God who goes with me. Anonymous 
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I’ve never missed a surf because of AA,
 and I’ve never missed a meeting because of the surf. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor told me that I was carrying
 a bag of my back with all the resentments,
fears and anxieties of my life and all I had 
to do was empty the bag. 
Anonymous 
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If you work is the third step, apply it to the situation. 
Anonymous
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My God is an awesome God and he’s the sponsor of us all. Anonymous 
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Someone said to me that I was in Hawaii and why did I need to go to a meeting and I said I’m in Hawaii because I go to meetings. 
Anonymous 
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You can’t trust me in a bar, you go to the bathroom and I’ll steal your money and buy you a drink with your money. 
Anonymous 
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I can’t drink because I can’t not drink. 
Anonymous 
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They said that I had a disease that made me diseased. Anonymous 
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I was waiting for the mothership to pick me up. 
Anonymous 
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You guys weren’t cooperating, you didn’t read the script, you wouldn’t do what I said. 
Anonymous 
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On that last day I went to work, late as always, ran into the liquor store and got a drink. The secretary said that the boss wanted to see me. He called me on my s***. 
Anonymous 
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I told my boss that I can’t not drink, I had just told the guy I hated the most of my deepest secret. 
Anonymous 
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He said I understand, but there is something we can do to help you. 
Anonymous 
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The little snot thingy started coming out of my body and I hollered “God help me” and all the sudden those little snakes and creatures went away. 
Anonymous 
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I believe that God said ‘I’m here, I’ve always been here, I was just waiting for you to ask for help’. Anonymous
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If I repeat myself in the telling of my story 
I’m actually telling the truth. 
Anonymous 
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I couldn’t stop getting drunk until I met you guys. 
Anonymous 
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I couldn’t figure out if I was an alcoholic but 
I was bitter, angry, and hostile to everyone. 
Anonymous 
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I was not a blackout Drinker more of a brown outer. 
I would spend the rest of the day trying to figure out who, 
and what I had done the night before and with with whom. 
Anonymous 
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If you guys had made it easy for me I would have left. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve always been an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
Anonymous 
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We were a roving pack of wild young people 
and going to meetings. 
There were about thirty five of us. 
Anonymous
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We picked up a new cover and she spilled 
coffee all over my new car. 
Anonymous 
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I couldn’t stand to stay in my own skin 
but I kept seeing people go out and dying. 
Anonymous 
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Somehow my higher power said that this
is the place to be, my higher power was talking to me. 
I was shocked and amazed. 
Anonymous 
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I am a single mother with two special-needs 
children and still get to Seven meetings a week. 
Anonymous 
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My mom dad and I are  here going on a 
cruise and we are the only three of our family sober. 
Anonymous 
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My friend said that he was angry on a daily basis. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor said that for me AA meant attitude adjustment. 
Anonymous 
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I was inches away from homelessness, 
thank God I didn’t end up there. 
Anonymous 
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There was a tiny little Flash and I heard you can’t do s***,
 let me help you. 
Anonymous
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 My success in life is because 
I turn it over on a daily basis. 
Anonymous 
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My whole life is depended on the third step 
because that’s the one that is most elusive to me. 
Anonymous 
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I got everything back really quick, 
I had lost my job, my wife, 
and freedom within 24 hours after that first drink. 
Anonymous 
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If I can hear my higher Powers voice I 
need to go back into the mental hospital, 
he speaks through you. 
Anonymous
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As a baby I would crawl on the floor and 
pointed what I wanted. I was a daddy’s girl. 
Anonymous
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 Whatever my dad said, I would do. 
Anonymous 
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By the time I was 9 my mom would drive 
around town looking for Dad and I. 
Anonymous 
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Dad decided to buy a bar so Mom couldn’t 
get us out of the bars now. 
Anonymous 
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When I was eleven, I could get all my friends cigarettes, 
alcohol, whatever. 
Anonymous 
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If you were boring I would tell you to go and drink more, 
not even caring about my father anymore until he got sick.
Anonymous
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 I would spend one week with a family 
and then the next with another. 
Anonymous 
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I started my own business at 17 with my brother, 
he had the money. 
Anonymous 
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Someone passed me cocaine at a party and I said, 
why not, it’s my country’s main product. 
Anonymous 
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My mom set me down and told me that the cocaine 
was going to kill me so I came to the US when I was 26. 
Anonymous 
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Even though I didn’t speak English,
the alcohol and drugs always came to me. 
Anonymous 
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I started going to meetings and went to 
meetings everyday for 90 days, three times a day. 
Anonymous 
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They taught me that I wasn’t a victim. 
Anonymous 
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Today I have a big bag of tools that you guys gave to me. 
Anonymous
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You can’t fix the problem you’re not aware of. 
Turns out I was the problem. 
Anonymous 
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I’m a small lady but I could drink the biggest 
and baddest and drunks under the bar. 
Anonymous 
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My oldest brother committed suicide and
 my younger brother was murdered. 
Anonymous 
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I had a lot of excuses for why I could drink. 
Anonymous 
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All you guys with 30 and 40 years kept coming back 
and I wondered if you would ever get it. 
Anonymous 
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I didn’t want to go back to that other way of living, that had been my life, 
my only way of life. 
Anonymous 
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I came and I started believing in myself. 
You are the sunshine of my life. 
Anonymous 
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One day this guy told me that I was frequently
wrong but never in doubt. 
Anonymous 
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I found it being sober wasn’t as easy 
as camouflaging my life. 
Anonymous
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I always blamed everyone who came in contact with me. 
Anonymous 
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My attitude was that if you had a family like mine, 
you would drink too. 
Anonymous 
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No one wanted me around anymore and 
I was introduced to the fellowship for the first time at 16. 
Anonymous 
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I always found an excuse, 
it was always someone else’s fault. 
Anonymous 
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Today I don’t have to blame my mom for anything. 
Anonymous 
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Someone told me that a closed mouth doesn’t get fed. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve been through a lot of pain and most of that was self-inflicted. 
Anonymous 
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I went to work in a bank and they started showing 
me the different pass codes, they had no idea. 
Anonymous 
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I will never drink tonight, I will never drink tonight, 
I will be like normal people. 
Anonymous 
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We Japanese eat rice, not lice, 
for us of the r is very difficult. 
Anonymous 
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My father and my wife took me to the hospital 
where I went into delirium tremens. 
Anonymous 
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I shut the doors when I was around three or four years old. 
Anonymous 
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His story was the same as my story, I was shocked. 
Anonymous 
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When I drink I feel like my door was closing, closing, closing. In AA I feel all my doors opening. Anonymous
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I thought the promises were made to be broken. 
Anonymous 
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To me, it was how can I get out of this feeling. 
Anonymous 
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I have to confess that I’m very obsessed
 with Alcoholics Anonymous. 
It’s about learning to go through 
hell and come out the other end. 
Anonymous 
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When I moved to Canada I thought it would be lonely and realized that I had been lonely all my life. 
Anonymous 
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For me it was sex drugs and rock and roll with a whole lot of alcohol. 
Anonymous
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 Sometimes when I’m not here I have a meeting in my head. Anonymous 
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And my family I was always give me give me give me. Anonymous 
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I got thrown into juvenile hall a lot and finally came into the program at age 14. 
Anonymous 
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The kids where I teach always wonder 
how I know what’s going on. 
Anonymous 
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From 14 to 25, this is where I grew up 
and became a woman. 
Anonymous
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From my high school graduation until I 
was 40 I never drew a sober breath. 
Anonymous 
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From my high school graduation until I was 
40 I never drew a sober breath. 
Anonymous 
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When I have that really strange idea 
that the good life is too good, I have 
to watch out because I can screw it up. 
Anonymous 
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Here, you step off the curb and everyone knows it. 
Anonymous