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JUNE 2016 HEARD AT MEETINGS

JUNE 2016 HEARD AT MEETINGS
 
To all of my friends out there.I realized while a former house-wife was sharing at the 12 Coconuts that the lives we lived were mundane and that our stories in and of themselves must be, considering where we have come from, mundane.It is in the mundane that we can identify.We hear the mundane and laugh, cry, get excited, angry, and reject, and yet it is the mundane that will save us.None of us really had a good life out there as I have heard over the last 32 years of hearing people who get home, run for the bottle, and, knowing in their hearts they aren’t that grand, proceed to go into isolated drinking, afraid that the world will find out who they are.Ron
P.S. It is my testimony with which I try and identify, only me, however, if you identify, so be it.Smiles
P.S. Without the drink, I still sometimes have these fears.I shall keep coming back.
P.S. These quotes are what I hear, of necessarily what was said.Thanks 
 
God is very interesting, that is more a feeling for me today.anon
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 I had been drunk so long that my body just gave up.anon
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 I had this weird experience where I saw myself
 from the rafters of the liquor store and this guy
was saying to me “no, I’m not going to sell you any beer.”anon
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 I saw this vibrant red in the sky,
 I had never seen a red like that before.
 It was at that moment I turned my life
 and my will over to the care of God as
 I then understood Him.anon
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Today I say OK God, what is it you want me to do?
Then I step into it.anon
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 Step 11 is the program,
but I have to keep coming to the meetings,
or I’ll forget.anon
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That’s how I understand God today.
 I don’t understand God.I don’t have to.
 I just experience God.anon
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The promises have come true in my life
but if I don’t go to meetings for a few
days the promises start eroding.anon
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 No matter how much I learned there’s
 always more to learn…anon
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 The elimination of the drink was only a start.
I had to learn how to live all over again.anon
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I was like a little ball of Asian resentments
 when I got here.anon
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 I wouldn’t know what faith was unless
 I had suffered doubt.anon
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 I didn’t believe in God but just the same
 I came to believe in the God that brought
me to Alcoholics Anonymous.anon
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 I kept working waking up with bird**** on my face. No matter where I slept in the park , no matter where, it was always bird**** in my face.anon
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Alcoholics talking about (their) humility is like
a bunch of whores talking about chastity.anon
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By 16 I was being arrested which shocked
 to my Jewish parents.anon
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 He told me if you haven’t had a drink
today you’ve had a good day.anon
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I come to Hawaii and my mind looks at this place,
it’s beautiful,and my mind says
 “wow! why don’t you have a drink?” anon
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 My first drink was drink Pepper and Southern Comfort. Anon
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When I have a situation I play that tape forward.
What would happen?anon
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 Take this moment, give it a little time,
 it will pass.anon
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 I’m an Eskimo I moved here so I wouldn’t
 freeze to death when I passed out.anon
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My family is so Jerry Springer. I was afraid I would get a harpoon in my ass.anon
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The crazy came out of the jar and I would
 walk the streets screaming.anon
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 I upset my wife because I would start collecting
 towels because I knew I was going to be homeless again.anon
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 I found that you share to get better,
you don’t get better to share.anon
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I’m half Irish and half Japanese and someone
 told me that makes me Italian.anon
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 I graduated number 3 in my class,
 from the bottom.anon
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In a house full of drugs and alcohol we kids
 could run wild.anon
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I thought I could drink  and within 6 months
 I was on the misery train.anon
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I spent a lot of time in Fort liquordale Florida.anon
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River-cruise we would fight at night and the next
 day everyone loved each other,
not just my family but the whole Hawaiian community.anon
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 I was in prison for 14 years and I wanted to change
 but I didn’t know how to change.anon
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The egg, if you crack the egg the inside dies,
 but if you nurture the egg life emerges.
 My sponsor nurtured me.anon
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I came out of a meeting where this lady had been
 sharing and I had to puffy eyes from crying.
Now I’m mad at everyone because they saw me crying.anon
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 In Alcoholics Anonymous I found my Independence,
I didn’t need to find it in a man.anon
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God is not there to defend us but to guide us.anon
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I walk with God in perfect Freedom now.anon
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 I had built all impregnable walls so no one could get in.
Unfortunately I didn’t know how to get out.anon
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I always drove drunk , I called it driving on instruments only.anon
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 When I would go to restaurants I couldn’t and I couldn’t
 stand anyone leaving a drink in the glass.
 I was Shameless, I drank them.anon
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 I got a drunk under the influence for driving only 6 inches.
 The judge that sentenced me that morning was in the restaurant
three cop cars pinned in as I left.
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The treatment center asked if the father of the
alcoholic would like to share.
I told them it was my wife’s fault,
we were alcoholics because she was in Al-Anon.anon
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 I didn’t have anyone to hold me accountable
 and I went out again.anon
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 Why am I so busy today?
 Because I love this program.anon
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 I drank, got drunk, and ended up in a
cornfield with a guy I really hated.anon
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The next day everything was OK after
 the second drink.anon
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We do not have to agree on everything
 to be kind to one another.anon
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I need to share how alcohol doesn’t work in my life.anon
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 As I was sitting with my wife-to-be I realized
 that I still have 6 months in jail to do.anon
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I got stage 4 cancer and ended up getting
 oxycodone and was off and flying again.anon
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Dying is easy this living s*** hard.anon
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“What I called an ‘import/export small business,’
 the DEA called ‘trafficking a controlled substance
 with intent to distribute.” anon
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Don’t cling to a mistake just because you
 spent a lot of time making it.anon
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I came from a family where there was a lot
of Secrets and everything had to be swept
 under the rug.anon
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 I went into treatment where I was the
 only non compliant client.anon
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 I learned that I had to remove the word “blame” from my vocabulary.anon
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 There are a lot of things today that I’m amazed
that I have the ability to do.anon
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They told me that I couldn’t rest on my laurels,
 I had to take action.anon
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Before I started drinking at the age of 14
I would hide in closets.anon
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Like many of us right from the start,
it was alcoholic drinking.anon
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 I always felt like a fraud. I would get praised
at work but they didn’t know what I did at home at night.anon
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 The program has given me the ability to invest in myself.anon
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 At least I was raised by two hard-working alcoholics,
so I had that ability also.anon
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By investing in myself, my life has taken
on a new value to me.anon
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If I didn’t go to bars I didn’t have any friends.anon
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I keep coming every day because I’m addicted to thinking.anon
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I resigned myself to an alcoholic death.anon
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 I forged my court papers,
I was clueless that I was an alcoholic.anon
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 I drove my truck off at 350 ft.cliff and I didn’t
 have a clue that it had to do with my drinking.anon
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 My sister-in-law came over one day and said ,
” wow, I really thought you were retarded,
you’re really funny.” I went right back to drinking.anon
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 I was Johnny relapsed.anon
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The one thing I did was that I kept coming back.anon
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 Over the course of my sobriety I have met 4 or 500 newcomers.
 For me, it is a constant reminder that I’m powerless over alcohol.anon
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I hit an emotional bottom bottom and bought 3 bottles of whiskey.
 I told my close friends and he said,
“you don’t have to drink that s***.”anon
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Today I can recognize that I was a powerless mess.anon
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Rock bottom became the solid foundation
on which I rebuilt my life.anon
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I couldn’t see what alcohol is doing to me,
it took away my family, everything.anon
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 During all those years of drinking I had
never ask God to help me stop drinking.anon
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 I injured my knee twenty-two years
ago and I drink through it.anon
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 I convinced my wife that we could have a
 better social life if I drank.anon
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 Eventually I started lying about my drinking.
I was drinking at 5 a.m. in the morning.anon
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 The guy right beside me got shot and went
 down with a case of beer in his arms.anon
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 I realized that I had a defect of character
 in that Moment of clarity.anon
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I checked myself into rehab and on day 3
I found out that my husband had terminal cancer.anon
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If you believed in God you were less than me.anon
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 When my children’s father got diagnosed,
 I no longer wanted to drink.anon
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 I was just sitting there and a calm overcame
 me and I knew at that moment there was a god.anon
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None of my friends from school showed up at my
 husband’s funeral but my friends from the fellowship
 were there in droves.anon
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 You don’t have the power until you need the power.anon
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I did the steps and realize that I was also delusional.anon
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I hear the drama in my head and get myself to a meeting.anon
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 My first Fearless resentment was making coffee,
I didn’t want to disappoint you.anon
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Of all the steps God as we understood him
was the hardest.anon
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 My sponsor said, you found God because
 you were alone and could reflect.anon
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 I need to remember their self-esteem comes
 from working with others.anon
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 I was a really bad Catholic, I would go to the Church,
 get the bulletin, steal a bicycle and off I would go.anon
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One time when I was drunk and someone
offered me some ice and I am so lucky to
have not crawled into that pipe.anon
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My strong ego is my constant problem,
 I always think I know better.anon
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If we kept our religion were quiet there would
 be less conflict in the world.anon
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My wife and I are visiting the islands and she
 told me last night that I needed to find four or
 five meetings and get to them quick.anon
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 I’m a Buddhist and I don’t want to come
 back as a donkey.anon
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I quit drinking and this stuff is still in my head.
It took a long time for it to leave and even now
 it’s still tries to get back in their.anon
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I’m grateful that I get to be a member of this Fellowship.anon
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 It’s easy to put the bottle down.
 Its the mind that keeps going, going, going.anon
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 I know I’m not going to be where I want to be right now.
 I just keep going one day at a time.anon
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 My whole life was noncommittal.anon
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 My son has half of the DUI’s I had and he is really trouble ,lot of trouble.anon
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 My son was kicked out of all the bars in Northern California.anon
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 My brother’s liver stopped working because of drinking.
 He’s going to pass in the next few days.anon
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 In Boston everyone drank and I got my fair share of it.anon
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 I was in 14 treatment centers and someone said
 “even if you come to the meeting drunk,
keep coming, you never know when you’re going to
hear the message.”anon
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 I was in prison, hospitals, and funny Farms,
and I still didn’t get it actually I just couldn’t understand.anon
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 I never had a problem with the God thing,
thank God.anon
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When I’m sarcastic I’m trying out for love.anon
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 Gratitude in the face of pride is always a winner.anon
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 When I was drunk I was full of gratitude,
I love the world, a couple of minutes later
 I would be passed out.anon
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Emotionally my mother was never there,
 even today we have an awkward relationship.anon
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 Mom said if I went to school I could expect
her not to be there when I get back. Anon
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 The cops came and one said “man, you
gotta get it together.” Anon”
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 He said get anything,but get that higher power,
 you need a God, except the doorknob,
 it will turn on you. Anon
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 My first drink was eight Coors and I put them
 down in five minutes. When I came to I had
an nasty signs painted all over me. Anon
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 I would drink vanilla extract and  to school
 and sit in class and giggling, I’m a giggler. Anon
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 I let that stuff go because I just want to stay stupid. Anon
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 Since you drank every day then it has to be
 a meeting every day. Anon
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 I’m starting to understand that my brain has
 these triggers that go off every day and I’m
starting to realize that it’s my brain wanting to drink,
 doing the same old thing that it’s used to. anon
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 My sponsor said I’m going to learn a powerful
 word, like “SO?”anon
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 I used to drink  drink with my first sponsor and
 after we started drinking together no one wanted
 to be around us. Anon
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I didn’t drink after that but those triggers
started going off. Anon
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A question I ask myself:
 
Have I helped someone today, or have I been unkind or ungracious?
The answer is between you and your own HP, and only you know the truth. 
That is where the freedom is.
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I always wanted to move to New York and never
could because of fear. Anon
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They took me to take me to the emergency room
and the doctor said
“My God,do you know your blood is like a pharmacy? Anon
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It was sort of like being two plane crashes and walking away.
I was into treatment centers. Anon
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Sometimes being a better person is just not judging myself. Anon
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I’m one of those guys who are always moving to the Future.
Never staying in  the now. Anon
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I tend to worry about what’s going to happen
before it happens.anon
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I’ve never had an answer for not taking a drink. Anon
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If you have any doubt, go back out and remove that now. Anon
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The first time I came down Alcoholics Anonymous
I stayed long enough to get the ABCs,
you know, the apartment  bride and the car. Anon
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You folks have taught me is that Alcoholics Anonymous
is not a destination, it’s a journey. Anon
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I’m here because I’m a sick puppy. Anon
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She asked me what would happen if I were to take a drink,
I said, have you ever woke up, not knowing where you were at,
where the car was, where the keys are, not who you’re lying next to?
She said “no”, and I “said that’s what would happen to you if I drink”.Anon
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It doesn’t matter where I go I have a family just like you. Anon
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Every morning I have a choice of which path
I’m going to take for the day, there’s the spiritual path
, and there’s the psychopath. Anon
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Pure Joy helped me to open up again. Anon
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I had let my fears get bigger than my faith. Anon
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Alcohol was salt and drugs were the pepper.
Alcohol was always there. Anon
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Intuitively knew I was an alcoholic, highly functional,
but still, and alcoholic.anon
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Alcohol came to play and every day it was alcohol and cocaine ,
but it was always alcohol. Anon
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My boss gave me two choices, rehab or you’re fired. Anon
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I I loved the treatment center, I would have gladly stayed there 3 years. Anon
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I’ve made a lot of empty promises, has most of his have.anon
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My sponsor told me that my thinking doesn’t
make me a sociopath. Anon
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I’m one of those people who have regrets,
I didn’t do the things that I wanted to do. Anon
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People along the way have told me to help myself,
especially if you’re going to help others. Anon
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There’s people from the bar and never there for you,
it was like shitsville, but here it is awesome. Anon
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I have a head full of the past and a head for the future
but the only thing that works is being right here, now. Anon
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I was trying to explain to my sponsor that I didn’t think
I was really an alcoholic. But she pointed out that Nyquil
is not generally considered having a social drink.anon
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So at my first meeting I compared myself to these
guys and decided that I wasn’t that bad.
I had a car, home, and a job,
and I ended up living in a chicken coop.anon
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I didn’t like you guys and every 3 or 4 months so
I would go to a meeting and making guest appearance. Anon
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I was dry for 17 years and little did I know
that one drink with take me out. Anon
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I had no idea how I was going to live with alcohol
it was everywhere in my life. Anon
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I wanted nothing to do with God,
my mother died when I was twelve and I refused God. Anon
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I have to remember that this is not a joke,
I have to bring my best to an AA game. Anon
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I have to remember that when I think I’ll put a
meeting off until tomorrow that the road to
hell is paved with good intentions.anon
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The first time that I did the steps I kind of half stepped it. Anon
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Every time I step my foot in the river it’s a different River.
It is always in the process of change. That is my fellowship. Anon
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I keyed in on the on the word willingness.
Am I willing to take the steps to recovery.Anon
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My biggest trigger Was Fear. I had no idea that
fear permeated every aspect of my life.anon
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When I got here I discovered that I didn’t want
to look bad, and that it was my ego. Anon
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I had to learn what the tools were,
that would get me sober, it was willingness.anon
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The meetings are like, we are the emergency room. Anon
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The first time I drank I was 15 years old and
we played a game that every time I lost I had
to take a drink. I lost a lot! Anon
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Had my first meeting and I heard people talk
about how they felt on the inside. I like these people.anon
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Before coming to the program if you didn’t drink,
I didn’t like you.anon
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I may be angry at you, but the problem is inside of me. Anon
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My first sponsor told me that if” I wanted,
she had, she was here,if you don’t,and I don’t chase. Anon
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You coming here here where I obtained a slice of the life.Anon
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My prayer when I was new was that I wanted
this sober life to continue.anon
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Every experience I’ve ever had has led me to
be the man I am today. I’m a dork.Anon
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Welcome to the newcomers, if you have a problem
with alcohol then you’re in the right place.Anon
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The reason I’m an alcoholic is that I could stop
drinking but I couldn’t stay stopped.Anon
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There was no Stepping Over The Line,
I was an alcoholic from the get-go. Anon
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I was at work and said to my boss that I was
drunk and she said “that’s okay” open a file and look busy. Anon
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That last relapse propelled me into surrendering. Anon
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Until you’ve had that “God help me moment”
you may not stay sober. Anon
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Doing the same thing over and over and knowing
what the result will be. I call that pure insanity.Anon
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I got so drunk I was in the Gillette Stadium holding cell.anon
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The only time I ever stopped drinking was when
I was too sick to drink. Anon
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I told my sponsor that I thought of myself a lot and
she said “no, you think about yourself excessively.”anon
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Sunday mornings are the worst for me.
I would have severe hangovers.anon
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For the newcomer I think it is imperative that
you identify as an alcoholic.anon
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It’s a lot of work being an alcoholic and a lot more
work getting sober.anon
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I came in and I heard you guys say if you if I
didn’t drink I wouldn’t get drunk.
I said to myself no” s***. “Anon
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I had a lot of reasons to get sober and I couldn’t. anon
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Everyone in Colorado, all my friends, they
drank just like me.anon
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I came to the fellowship and these people
went to movies together they went to picnics
and I was shocked. I had my pride,
I didn’t want to be like you.anon
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I had fallen the night before and my face was
swollen , I got myself to a meeting and these
folks were all talking about their past behaviors.
I identified. Anon
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This lady from out of town said “so you need a sponsor
and I’m going to find you one.”
That was 10 years ago January 30th 2006. Anon
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I would  take the back roads but they were
residential areas and I put everyone in danger.Anon
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I took a girlfriend to a meeting and said that I wasn’t an alcoholic. Someone said try not drinking for 90 days. Anon
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I was very controlling and it’s very hard to give
my power over to a higher power. Anon
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You have it pretty good, you get to plan your day.
Remember today you’re calling the shots. Anon
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If it wasn’t for step 3 I would have taken offense
when my sponsor said something to me yesterday
felt offended. Anon
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I was raised around a lot of alcoholic people
who would try to blow their heads off and were
in such bad shape that I remember one person
blew his hands off. Anon
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The beautiful lady I was engaged to left me
because of my drinking.Anon
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Someone said to me why didn’t I give Alcoholics Anonymous
another chance and I said no then I went into treatment
and started my program in Alcoholics Anonymous. Anon
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I have never talked to anyone before about my feelings,
especially another man. Anon
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Today I can see the past and where I do not want to go back to.Anon
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I have friends you told me that I’m not a true idiot,
that I could learn to help myself. Anon
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Someone said time doesn’t mean a thing and
a guy leaned over and said try losing it, oops. Anon
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When my parents got divorced my mom started
reliving your teenage years. Anon
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My mom would have bikers over and when
they left I drank what was left.
I always make sure that I got drunk. Anon
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I didn’t want to be in touch with anyone.
The fact that I was a bad employee, mother,
daughter, and just bad friend didn’t faze me. Anon
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I put other people in danger with my black out driving. Anon
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Hi,I’m Anonymous and I’m a vision for you! Anon
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