Member: anonymous alcoholic
Location: 2689 Ridgecrst Drive
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 8:35:05 AM

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Topic: What do you like most about AA?


Member: AnilG
Location: Mt Vernon,IL
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 11:15:48 AM

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I am an alcoholic the most I like about AA is annonimity that only requirement to join is willingness to stop drinking and remain sober. thanks to aa and alanon members For sharing and providing support to me. I like the traditions of AA to stay away from any commercializations or coming into public controversies.


Member: Louise R
Location: South Africa
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 12:03:40 PM

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AA is full of the most wonderful people. I have been sober for eight months now and and have found that following the programe, working the steps and going to meetings has made such a difference in my life not only to me but also my family now we can all experience the joy of living. AA has helped me follow the right path and find my HP and understand so many things that I was blocking while I was drinking. I love the fellowship.


Member: Valerie M.
Location: Canada
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 12:56:56 PM

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I like the wisdom that comes out of AA. Members at all stages of sobriety give so many different perspectives on things. I read the on-line meeting every day and come away with new insights all the time. I think I know so much until I hear other alcoholics share their thoughts and what they've learned. I really like the feeling of being connected, too. I know there are so many others out there, just like me, going through similar feelings and experiences, both related to alcoholism and getting on with a new life without alcohol.


Member: davez
Location: berkleymi
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 2:40:07 PM

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Our combined Experiences, Strengths and Hopes. ><


Member: xx
Location: xx
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 4:01:19 PM

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Member: AZbill
Location: Sierra Vista, Arizona
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 5:33:48 PM

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Hi!! Bill here alcoholic from Arizona. I could go on forever on this one. I am grateful for all the gifts that have been given me. Both spiritual and temporal. The one I like most? My Freedom. I am free today to drink or not to drink as I choose. God gave me free will. What an awesome gift. For today, I choose not to drink. ".....relieve me of the bondage of self......" Thank you for being here and being a part of my sobriety today. Bill az-bill@mindspring.com


Member: cathy r
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 5:57:49 PM

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I am a new member of AA, and am really scared. I know, at this time, what I like most about AA, is the fact that is here. It is giving me hope that maybe I can live my life again!


Member: peter S
Location: England
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 5:57:55 PM

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I LOve the fun i have with my aa mates,all the tall stories and laughter.The best stories are the sober ones.Did you hear about the old drunk in hospital dying who asked to see the priest monday?Father says he,i hear that aa is pretty good although i never went.Do you think there is aa in heaven? I dont know says the priest but i will find out. On wednsday the priest returns.I have some good news and some bad news says he.-Tell me thegood news first says the drunk.Well says the priest there is AA in heaven. Whats the bad news says the old drunk?--Your doing the CHAIR on friday!!! says the priest!!!


Member: Adam H.
Location: Nagano, JAPAN
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 6:01:52 PM

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Adam, alcoholic. What do I like most about AA? That my whole attitude and outlook upon life has changed as a result of it. I never thought I would be happy living this way...last Friday I celebrated six years of sobriety and I'm very grateful to be alive, sober and a part of this fellowship! Thank God for AA!


Member: Anne M
Location: NY
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 6:35:07 PM

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I have been blessed with minimal cravings to drink. However, I am a people person and I have been striving for "inner peace" for a few years now. I have been isolated by working from home. I like AA most for the warmth and wisdom in the rooms. The non-judgmental acceptance. The striving for betterment in all that we do. The "warm fuzzy feeling" I get from being so open with people that I am just meeting. I came for the drinking, but I stay for the thinking.


Member: barry
Location:
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 8:49:31 PM

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Barry alcholic, I like the promises. Today is sixteen years. Sometimes quickly sometimes slowly, but usually get to experience new freedom. Intuitively know how to handle that which used to baffle us. Most things used to baffle me. Today life is pretty good. Thanks for listening. (I mean reading)


Member: barry
Location:
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 8:49:32 PM

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Barry alcholic, I like the promises. Today is sixteen years. Sometimes quickly sometimes slowly, but usually get to experience new freedom. Intuitively know how to handle that which used to baffle us. Most things used to baffle me. Today life is pretty good. Thanks for listening. (I mean reading)


Member: Sam L.
Location: Southwest
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 9:45:27 PM

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What I like most about AA. From Bill's last message-"If I were asked which of our blessings I felt was most responsible for our growth as a fellowship and most vital to our continuity, I would say, the Concept of Anonymity". I love the concept of anonymity. If I practice it it gives me a much needed lesson in humility. I am certainly not an "AA expert" but I personally feel that the "concept of anonymity" and "singleness of purpose" are two very important and wonderful parts of the AA program.


Member: David W.
Location: Summit, NJ
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 10:28:01 PM

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David alcoholic, I like that the AA program gave alcoholics the freedom to choose if they wanted to drink each day and that enough choose not to drink and instead decided to follow the program for living outlined in the big book. I am so grateful that the program grew enough so that when my dad was sliding down the progression of alcoholism, my family was lucky enough to meet people who knew about AA and my dad was able to get help and to stop drinking. The best part is that in the process I was able to learn about the symptoms of alcoholism, and experience some AA meetings at a young age where I heard the most amazing stories of how AA changed peoples lives for the better, so that fairly early into my drinking career I knew that I didn't need to continue to be sick and tired of being sick and tired and I went to AA and met wonderful people, just like I knew I would! With the grace of a higher power I was to start to live a sober life and give up alcohol and drugs. What a great gift! My life is full of things that I never would have been possible if I didn't give up the drinking and drugging. I have my problems, but I know they would only be worse if I added drinking to the mix. It is so great and really neat to have a chance each day to choose to follow the right path and to work on improving myself and knowing that even though I screw up some things over and over, as long as I don't drink today, I have a chance to try to be a little better next time-- no matter how far I get off the AA beam, once I get back to it I always feel better. Sorry for going on for so long, thanks for being there.


Member: PJ
Location: Florida
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 11:08:40 PM

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PJ here, alcoholic. One of the most wonderful things I like about AA is that I was told, "there is a solution"! No one had ever given me that hope before. I owe my life to that simple statement of hope which was given to me so freely. It is the message I try to give back to others who suffer from our disease. Thanks to all of you for being there for this alcoholic!


Member: davidh
Location: Nashville
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 11:10:04 PM

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By practicing the principles,I now have a new life. I have been reborn, so to speak.


Member: Bonny G
Location: Hot Springs, AR
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 11:19:52 PM

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Bonny, grateful recovering alcoholic, glad to share with everyone, and thank you all for being here tonight. I love the program for the people. Without the people of this program, I would not be sober today. It is through the people of this program of Alcoholics Anonymous that I learned how to live, a day at a time, without a drink. Thank you all very much.


Member: Jeff T.
Location: Ne.
Date: 6/30/2002
Time: 11:35:31 PM

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What do i like most about AA? The fact that it was there when my father needed it & that it was there when i sobered up some 20 years later. Thank God for the traditions that bind us together this is what i like about AA.


Member: Mike G.
Location: Edgewood, Kentucky
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 6:25:46 AM

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The thing that i like most about AA is the unity that is present in any meeting that you go to all over the world. I also like the willingness that people have to help one another. A.A. is truely a gift from God. If it was not here, there is no doubt that I would not be here right now. Thank you for letting me share, and live one day at a time.


Member: Annie
Location: MA
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 8:09:23 AM

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I'm Ann -alcoholc. Have been reading Staying Cyber for awhile and just decided to post. Good topic! There are so many things I like about the program. I have learned so much thru the steps and the people in AA who practice the steps that have helped me. (I also learn from the people that don't practice the steps!) I think the thing that I am most grateful for is the hope that AA has given and continues to give me.


Member: Ian M
Location: Ohio
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 8:16:52 AM

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Ian, alcoholic, grateful for this meeting. When I get out of bed in the morning, I am able to look at the world in a whole new way thanks to AA. In the old days when I got up eac day, I was nursing a hangover and a fat pile of resentments. Now there is "please" in the morning-an immediate connection to my higher power and an understanding I am not in charge of today. Before I came in the rooms, I was convinced I had to drink because when you've been put in charge of running the world...you need alcohol to get you through it all. Today, I am know that is not the case. But I only know that thanks to the fellowship of AA. Thanks


Member: Phil S
Location: Seeb, Oman
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 1:25:27 PM

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Hi! I'm Phil S. and I'm an alcoholic. Thanks to AA I have hope for you and for me. I'm stationed in SW Asia with the U. S. Air Force. I've been emailing my sponsor's from here. Whew! I'm a four meeting a week guy, when I'm at home in Michigan. Big change to be here and around the people, places and things that are new to me. I'm an Air National Guardsman, and it's been many, many years ago since I was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent overseas. I drank and drugged my way to oblivion through that ordeal. Here, I'm trying to concentrate on the signals that God (as I try to understand him), sends me. AA has saved my life. Anyone near and dear to me, has benefited positively because of the AA fellowship. Even though I'm still emotionally insecure, thanks to AA, I have love and hope to share with others. I can listen. Big Gift! I can and do pray daily, for the will of the ultimate Higher Power to use me as he wishes. I try to obey with no conditions. AA is my home and you are my family. ODAT - H.A.L.T. - This Too, Shall Pass! - The Promises - The real meaning of humility (one of the greatest things that I've ever learned). I'll be praying with/for you!!!


Member: Gordon m.
Location: Scotland
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 4:17:13 PM

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Hi,all,this is my 1st timesharing online, re. the topic, what I like most about A.A. isthatI dont get holidays curtesy of her maj...or am I walking the streets anymore, or that I dont have any violence in my life anymore or I;m not going mental wondering my next drink;s coming from or worrying where to get the money for it,I also have A.A. to thank for the love of my daughter who came into my life after 27yrs, and for the wonderful friends I;ve found since coming into the program and giving myself over to the care of my H.P. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SHARE YOURS IN FELLOWSHIP gORDON M.gOR


Member: Kim D.
Location: Bridgewater
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 4:41:57 PM

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Hi, my name is Kim and I am an alcoholic. What do I like the most about AA? Well, I think the 12 Steps. They give us a blue print - a solution - to living SOBER and SANE. If I just put the drink down and didn't work the Steps, I would be no better off emotionally than when I was drinking. The Steps give HOPE that I can LIVE sober and for that I am truly grateful.


Member: xx
Location: xx
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 4:52:29 PM

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Member: monica c
Location: phil, pa
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 4:53:59 PM

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hi everyone, Monica, alcoholic. I have said that same sentence so many times but I have never typed it. It feels freeing. Thank god being an alcholic doesn't feel like a life-sentence anymore, it feels like a gift. I LOVE AA! and from that I have re-discovered myself, and re-created my life. One worth living. The one God intended for me to live.


Member: Ruthie w
Location: Alaska
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 5:06:46 PM

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Happy Sober Day! I'm Ruthie and I'm an Alcoholic. Another 24. I love AA, and what I found out the first time I attended a meeting is that I can be HONEST. I've never met a more understanding, compassionate group of people who don't judge me and DO support me. I've never experienced that in my life. Wow, what a relief, to be completely honest. Thanks to you short timers for your honesty and you long timers for your hope! And thanks to my HP for bringing us together.


Member: Virginia D
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 5:07:22 PM

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The honesty is what I like most about AA. When we are all in a meeting/club and can talk about things that most folks just don't want to admit. We just have a good cry/laugh and go on and I always feel closer to those that I have shared with. *We are only as sick as our secrets* always kept me by myself since I figured that I was the only one with that problem and then I get here and I find that we are not all that different and what a gift and freedom this gave me. Thanks AA!


Member: Dick T.
Location: Burlington, Vt.
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 5:18:21 PM

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I am grateful to learn of the 24 hr concept and also to improve my spiritual being since going to my 1st meeting June 23 1983. No drinking since then and have missed very few meetings. Not drinking and going to meetings is the key and asking God's help. AA is the way to live if you are a drunk like me. All are in my prayers. God Bless dick t.


Member: xx
Location:
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 7:22:09 PM

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Member: trish
Location: ind
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 9:31:59 PM

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whats best about aa is that i can see that it really does help alot of people with this one sittuation in their lives. if everyone could see that, theres where you can build hope.


Member: Norman C.
Location: Reading, PA
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 10:11:00 PM

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I'm Norm, a grateful alcoholic. Besides the gift of sobriety, the next best thing I like about AA is the friends I've found in it. I was a loner, working in a solitary job when I first got sober - I could go all day and not see another person. Then I came to AA, and found I had friends all over. I know that I can go to a strange meeting away from home, and meet friends I hadn't met before.


Member: Cher449
Location: Maine-iac
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 11:07:14 PM

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I think it would have to be the LOVE and TOLERANCE that was shown to me before I could love myself. I came to AA for two years still drinking but with the DESIRE to stop.I was loved by people I thought I hated. If it were not for tradition three, I would either be in jail for life or dead. Thanks for putting up with me in those early days AA. In August I will hopefully celebrate 7 years of sobriety IN A ROW. It is baffling!


Member: Gage
Location: LA
Date: 7/1/2002
Time: 11:40:13 PM

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I'm Gage and I'm an alcoholic. I've been a coward most of my life. I thought what I lacked was self-confidence, but self-confidence would not have been enough to save me. I needed a power greater than myself and I found it here through these steps. The steps have changed me, and I am not a coward any longer.


Member: Jennie S.
Location: Northern California
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 12:49:29 AM

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I'm Jennie, a grateful alcoholic. Where do I start? What I like most about A.A. is that it gives me a way to live my life. Without the program, I was ruled by my fears. I was afraid of people, new situations, etc. My fears haven't completely gone away, but A.A. gives me the tools to move through them. Through my relationship with a higher power and people in the program, I have learned a new way of living. A.A. has opened up a whole new world of experiences. For that, I am grateful.


Member: dawna
Location: U.S. east coast today
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 2:16:07 AM

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Hi, I'm dawna,an alcoholic and an addict, I love what Phil S. said "AA is my home and you are my family. I would much rather be with people who understand me, who go through the same things that I am going through, and have been where I have been. In that deep dark bottle. My at home family doesn't seem to have a clue that I am trying to go with out a drink or a drug and get through life at the same time. Yes, I'm learning how to walk and chew gum at the same time also. It just keeps getting better. I drank for decades and am coming up on 1, I still have a long way to go, but as I trudge the road to happy destiny, I will take you along. Thank you for being sober!


Member: Sarah
Location: UK
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 2:41:53 AM

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Sarah alcoholic I agree where do you start but this is such a great topic because it balances out so much of the negative stuff which sometimes we get into. I like it most because it saved my life and continues to do so and for the first time in my life it offered me the chance to be me worts and all with all the acceptance that comes with that in AA. It offered me a way out of the merry go round I was on and for the first time in my life identification with other living human beings up until then I thought there was only me like this I could talk about this for forever But I do know this,thank God for it.


Member: Ray C
Location: Haines Alaska
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 2:45:06 AM

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Hi...I'm Ray an alcoholic.I like alot of things about this AA program and the people that practice it.I like the fact that it gives me a place to belong.I'm understood,accepted and asked to come back.The only requirment for membership is a desire to stop drinking.I'm grateful to have a choice today.Biggest thing with me now though is just being glad to have found a purpose and a place I fit in.Thank you all for taking the time to post and helping this alkie through another 24 hours without a drink...Peace Y'all


Member: Garth A
Location: Florida
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 7:18:11 AM

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The fellowship. Learning to live again.


Member: rc
Location: scotland
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 8:41:42 AM

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"Hi" AA is magic


Member: Tommy M.
Location: S. Fla.
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 9:23:39 AM

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What I love most about A.A. is what I have read here the last few days! Thanks to all for another sober 24. To Phil S. thanks for your service to ypur country, from one former "fly boy" to another. Be safe and god bless A.A.


Member: Teresa B.
Location: Elkhart IN
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 9:39:48 AM

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Hi everybody, I'm Teresa, a grateful alcoholic. What I'm most grateful to AA for, was finally finding out what the problem was. For years it seemed that majority of people had been given this ability to live life sanely and somehow I wasn't in line the day it was passed out. :-) I was so afraid that there was something terribly wrong with me that God couldn't fix (bad enough) or wouldn't fix (suicidably horrible). Then when a counselor suggested the problem was alcoholism and I could learn how to live sanely in AA, I felt such relief!!! Six years later in August, AA remains a such a relief.


Member: Thomas S
Location: Nevada
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 10:06:45 AM

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Hello there. What I like most about AA is that it is there for me, no matter where I am or what time it may be. I am truly greatful to AA for giving me my life back.


Member: Craig L (Dogmanor@yahoo.com)
Location: Aloha, Oregon
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 10:37:17 AM

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Funny how this was a difficult topic for me at first, trying to decide what I like best out of all the abundance of Joy I know today. When I am active in my disease, it doesnít matter what I like or dislike. I spend every ounce of energy I have getting and staying loaded. There is only perpetual fear hopelessness and darkness. So what I like best about AA is that I am provided with the tools for maintaining a relationship with God in spite of my own human short-comings.


Member: alvin.S
Location: AZ
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 11:51:39 AM

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what i like most of A.A is i have a design for living today that keeps me sober helps me find a H.P and helps me deal with daily life with my fellow human beings,grateful i quit being the victim of alcoholism and take responsibility for my actions today,past and present.


Member: Michael B.
Location: AZ
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 12:03:47 PM

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Hi! My name is michael, and I am a recovering alcoholic and addict, soebr today only by the Grace of God and the Fellowship. Thanks for the sincere shares. Welcome newcomers! Excellent topic! AA is full of great things, so I cannot just name one single thing that I like most about AA. What comes to mind for me personally, are my sobriety, my introduction to a spiritual life and world (that is, spiritual awakening), and the good people I have met in AA. I also like to see newcomers make it in the program.


Member: Lorenzo F.
Location:
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 1:03:34 PM

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I dont know i am new but I really want to stop drinking. No one except me really knows how much I drink other than my girlfriend but it does not bother her. I am worried about my health as when I drink I smoke alot. I drink everynight and I live alone. I try yo stop but everyday on the way home after work I buy a 12 pack and well then I drink it. Weekens are worse and its become a ritual I will drink and then skip dinner. Someone please say something as I do not know what else to do. Thank you LGF


Member: HeatherK
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 3:53:30 PM

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Dear LGF, or Lorenzo, Just go to a meeting anywhere and there will be people who will help you. Tell them just what you said in your email get telephone numbers, and that is how you begin. It is working for me and I have been drinking off and on for over 25 years. Now I am almost 9mos sober, and AA is the only place that I fit in, I never fit in anywhere and never felt welcome anywhere and AA is the place I feel love. I have always felt so unloved and in AA they love me and tell me so.


Member: Karen
Location: OHIO
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 6:05:56 PM

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Hello, Im karen, alcoholic/addict. I scrolled down to the bottom and saw your note, Lorenzo.I am also new in the recovery process and I can relate to your fears. Have have taken the first step by realizing you may have a problem and maybe cannot solve it on your own. GO TO a meeting, you will find hope and strength and you will no longer feel alone in your drinking.I also drank daily, and couldn't stop, but I am making strides to stay sober for days at a time and feel that soon it will be weeks, months and maybe even years!! WELCOME Lorenzo and all newcomers.


Member: Zach
Location: DC
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 6:23:48 PM

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The best thing about AA is when you reach the point of trust to open up to the group and share with them and YOURSELF, those things which you have neglected, dismissed, and denied for so long. The sense of freedom that comes at that moment is awesome. I hope all of you feel that power of AA. The second best thing about AA is the realization that someone has enough trust in you, to forward those thoughts. One more day, I pray!


Member: xx
Location:
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 8:23:24 PM

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Member: Tom L.
Location: WV
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 9:56:20 PM

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hi, tom, i'm an alcoholic. Lorenzo, you don't have to feel like crap no more; you don't have to hide no more; you don't have to lie no more; you can truly live without drinking alcohol. millions of us do it daily, and, I've never heard one of us say "damn, I wish I'd taken a drink yesteday". Get to a meeting soon, you may not feel this need for help again. it's a gift, man.


Member: Nancy B.
Location: Idaho
Date: 7/2/2002
Time: 10:50:44 PM

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Hello everyone! I'm Nancy and I'm an alcoholic. First, Lorenzo, GO TO A MEETING NOW! Once you start admitting how much you drink to someone other than your girlfriend you will find that you, indeed, need help and AA will be there to give it to you. Don't let this chance slip away. Your higher power is giving you this feeling of needing to reach out-if you wait it may be too late. I'll pray for you! What I like about AA is exactly this...sharing our experience, strength and hope with others, and others with me. I have only been sober 5+ months and am already wanting to share what I have with others. God bless!


Member: brian r.
Location: philippines
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 12:47:45 AM

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i am grateful,that you all are here,i am use to going to at least a meeting a day,i am 14 years clean and sober,and where i am in the philippines there is no meetings it is sad.so when i fly back to the states, i am grateful that where ever i go in boston there is a meeting going on,thanks to aa i know i don't have to drink today!


Member: Julie R.
Location:
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 2:47:06 AM

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Hi, Julie, Alcoholic. What I like best about A.A. is the Freedom and choice I have in Knowing The 'Power Greater than myself'. For without Him, I can do nothing, but if I greet the day with a conscious contact with Him, say please in the morning, and thank You at night for that 'one day at a time' peace and serenity, great things come to pass. The promises, DO COME TRUE for those who work for them. Lorenzo, welcome, and just a few suggestions to work at one at a time. #1...GO to a meeting. #2...Listen. #3...Read the 'Big Book' (Alcoholics Anonymous) and see if you find yourself in there....Get a Sponsor and keep going to meetings, THERE IS HOPE! THERE IS A SOLUTION, and you'll find it in A.A. Keep coming back, it works!


Member: xxx
Location: washington
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 4:22:47 AM

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I'M 45 AND A ALCOHOLIC. what i like the best about AA, is that i don't feel alone. i know now that there really is light at the end of the tunnel.


Member: DebG
Location: Florida
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 6:14:37 AM

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Cathyr: I am new here too. Scared? You bet. It's hard and scary trying to make a change. Trying to deal with the facts. Maybe we can help each other. Please, or any of the rest of you, write to me. StStSy@aol.com. Thanks


Member: Allison
Location: KY
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 10:46:06 AM

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AA is magic, AA is the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel so grateful that God left me to it. My whole life I never felt like I fit in and I fit in at AA. The twelve steps and AA is the greatest gift in my life. Without it I would be dead. AA is God's gift to us because he knows we wouldn't know what to do with out it. Thank You God for Blessing us with AA!


Member: Allison
Location: KY
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 10:46:16 AM

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AA is magic, AA is the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel so grateful that God left me to it. My whole life I never felt like I fit in and I fit in at AA. The twelve steps and AA is the greatest gift in my life. Without it I would be dead. AA is God's gift to us because he knows we wouldn't know what to do with out it. Thank You God for Blessing us with AA!


Member: Tami H
Location: Washington State USA
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 10:51:02 AM

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Hi, Tami in Washington State. I recieved a DUI after yet another night out with friends. Up untill now I thought that I could quit drinking anytime I wanted, I was wrong. I am only 33 and the older I get, the harder it seems. I need to quit now before it has an effect on my life or someone else's that can't be reversed. My 14 yr old daughter really opened my eyes to the need to stop my distructive behavior, she was actually just one motivater in a line of harsh realities I needed to face up to. Today I'll have not had any alcohol for one week and a day, it's a start of a new way of life for me. I hope for the strength to continue each day. What a blessing to have support.


Member: John H
Location: Indiana, USA
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 11:52:17 AM

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Hello everyone and best wishes from John, an alcoholic. What a great question and topic! There are countless blessings from AA, basically because of it's focus on a power greater than our egos, a Higher Power of our individual understanding. The word acceptance comes to the fore. You accept me, I accept you. We are cooperative (Unity), not competitive. The program is a leveling factor that places our egos on the same "playing field". We come in, in bad shape. We are accepted immediately with no requirement other than a desire to stop drinking. We learn that all we have to do is not pick up a drink and that is feasible, practical, and necessary if we go to meetings, ask for help, get a sponsor, and work the 12 and 12. We then get in better shape and health, spiritually and physically and see the world in better view.thus the laughter and camaraderie we experience and hardly understand when we go to our first AA meeting. I could go on and on, but it's time for someone else to add his/her views.Acceptance, humility, gratitude all contribute to wellness and a more productive and life of contentment!


Member: Lisa A.
Location: AZ
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 11:55:59 AM

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What a great topic! What I like most about AA is the feeling of humbleness that overcomes you when you share and have empathy for others by being part of such a wonderful group. I haven't been here at this site in over 8 months and I'm glad I came back today to read all your posts again. I feel rejuvenated and grateful to be sober today. The best thing about AA? It's always there for you.


Member: Joe E.
Location:
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 12:55:44 PM

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I think the most beneficial aspect of AA for me is that it not only had me realize that I did not have to depend on toxic substances to carry on in this hypocrisy plagued world, but that it set me on a road for learning and growth! I started in time to develop how to advance in a progressive manner; get rid of all the worthless data and files that were cluttering up my mind; and find new ones that were right for me, regardless of the opinions of others, which in time I also totally discarded! In this respect I found AA to be of great profit for me, and it hardly cost me anything!


Member: John B
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 2:33:50 PM

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Hi, John alcoholic. The thing I like best about AA is summed up by a sign on the wall at a meeting I used to attend regularly. The sign says "You never have to be alone again." What a great promise! In addition to dying from alcoholism, I believe I was also dying of lonliness. I drank alone in the end and had become a recluse. I felt no one understood me. Every AA meeting I'm reminded I'm not alone and never have to be alone thanks to AA. AA has also given me a relationship with my Higher Power-- something I was always looking for when drinking but was too egotistical and obstinate to find. In fact, most every good thing in my life now -- marriage, children, health, job, etc-- are a direct result of my being in AA. Not bad considering the only thing I was looking for was to quit drinking! Thanks for letting me share and God bless.


Member: Dana M.
Location: California
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 9:56:50 PM

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I'm brand new to AA - sober only 5 days. I'm both scared and delighted at the prospect of living a sober life. I'm reading the Big Book, the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Book, and have been to two meetings. I've come to admit that I can no longer drink, use prescription medications or engage in codependent relationships without destroying myself. I have an amazingly forgiving husband and a beautiful 5 year old boy who need me. I must stay sober. I have no other option. Please pray for my sobriety.


Member: tom m
Location: seattle wa.
Date: 7/3/2002
Time: 11:54:14 PM

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Hi I'm tom and today is my 1st day without a drink. I have been drinking a 12pack a day now for the past 5 years and i have to STOP. its killing me.The trouble is i can only go 1 or 2 days then like a mindless zomby i go to the store and buy more beer.This is as close as i have came to a meeting. and after reading ALL these comments about this topic. I feel a little less scared of going to a real meeting tomorow.god help me.


Member: dee w
Location: british columbia
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 1:54:51 AM

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Hi. My name is Dee and I am a newcomer as well. I have not had a drink in 3 months but have been to only one meeting. I don't know why I am nervous about going to meetings....I want to go but am afraid to. What I like best is being able to come and share with all of you..like, Tom, I am hoping to build up courage to attend in person. Thanks for being here.


Member: Joe P.
Location: Chicago
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 9:15:45 AM

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Hi, Iím Joe, Iím an alcoholic. What I like about AA. First and foremost, the gift of not having to drink one day at a time. And Iím very grateful that AA has lead me to a faith in God such as Iíve never really had ever in my life before AA. Lorenzo (and any other newcomers), welcome. Itís been said, go to a meeting. Youíll find a group of people who share many experiences like yours who have found a solution. Joe


Member: Mark K
Location: FL
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 9:19:18 AM

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The thing I like about AA is this is truly a place that can help,if you want help,and they want nothing from you,but to get well.


Member: Chuck B.
Location: Akron, Ohio
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 10:53:00 AM

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Hi! I'm Chuck and I am an alcohlic. Length of sobriety is no guarantee of not picking up that 1st drink. Working the program is. Meetings, prayer and sharing cover us through those tough times. And no one, that I know of, has ever turned his or her back on a fellow sufferer who has asked for help. But some times we must be able to recognize a sufferer and extend a hand to let them know we are there for them!


Member: dean w
Location: elkhart, in
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 12:09:16 PM

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The thing I like most about AA is the sense of connectedness I have with myself, with God and with other people. Before I got sober I felt like I could have been the only human being in the universe. I knew that there were people all around me, but I felt utterly alone. I lived in a world of one, and I hated his(my) guts. Not a recipe for happiness. This sense of belonging waxes and wanes but it has never totally left me. Today is definitely one of the "waning" days but I know that if I don't take a drink and if I keep practicing the Program as best I can, then today's pain will pass and eventually I will feel more connected than ever. Thanks for being there for me, and newcomers-please try face to face meetings. CyberAA is great but you can't shake hands with a computer.


Member: Anonymous
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 3:28:09 PM

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Off topic here: I just moved across the country a few weeks ago, and am struggling to find "my place" in AA in my new city. None of the groups feel like home to me, and I miss my home group and first sponsor. I leave most meetings here feeling vaguely dissatisfied for any number of reasons that I cook up in my head. I am reluctant to talk about this to any AA members here, as I don't want to insult their groups, nor do I want to be told how fantastic their group is. I have heard of AAs drifting away when they move, and I don't want to do this. I guess I just wanted to say this "aloud." This is a true blessing of these online meetings; I would have trouble expressing these thoughts in a face to face meeting here. Thank you for letting me share.


Member: Robert
Location: Taiwan
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 8:31:26 PM

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Hi, I'm Robert and I'm an alcoholic. There are too many things I like about AA to pick just one. But here are three things I liking a lot these days, because I live in an area where there are few live meetings: 1)Staying Cyber 2)The Winners Circle (a live online AA meeting) 3)LIM (Loners International Meeting, a bi-monthly AA meeting-by-mail for people who can't get to regular meetings.


Member: Jeff A.
Location: good ol' U.S.A.
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 9:56:25 PM

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I'm Jeff and I'm a recovering town drunk. What I like best about AA is the fact that, finally, I feel that I "fit in". I NEVER felt like that with so called "normal people".


Member: Curtis L
Location: Goliad, TX
Date: 7/4/2002
Time: 10:36:17 PM

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I'm an alcoholic named Curtis. The thing I like MOST about AA is Life. I existed over 44 years and was dead inside. I have Lived over 17 years and am alive physically and spiritually. I love Lorenzo F, Tami, Dana M, Tom M, and others coming into life because of all of the things you others have all posted here. Gratefully alive.


Member: Hans H.
Location: Michigan
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 12:29:33 AM

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My name is hans and i am an alcholic my clean date is jan 14 2001. My favorite thing right now is the fact that everyone in meetings has gone through the same things or will go through the same things as me. In a couple of weeks I will go to a Military University in Vermont and I will plan on staying sober by e-mail and www corraspondance, Phil S. is stationed all the way in Oman, and he has given me the courage to keep coming back. Thanks.


Member: Shirley
Location: NZ
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 4:25:58 AM

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I'm Shirley and I'm an alcoholic. Reading through your postings I see we gather from all over the world. S.Africa China Scotland Oman England Japan and NZ, and we are truly united through having one common purpose. It is wonderful to see so many respond to Lorenzo when he reached out, so Lorenzo just follow the directions and join us. What do I love about AA - what is there not to love when it has given me hope, peace of mind 12 steps to live by, and a loving God. For twenty years through all adversity I have not needed to drink and that is a miracle.My false pride nearly kept me from AA and what a life I would have missed. This is a great site and I have passed it on to many others here. God bless you all on your journey.


Member: Mark W.
Location: St. Louis
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 8:48:46 AM

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Why I love AA: The attitude of the people there when I arrived was that of total welcome for the newcomer. It is today from me as well. The thought to remember to always have the hand extended to the newcomer is uppermost in my mind, as their pain is my pain from the past. A good example was when I was on a twelfth step call to the county work release lockup to visit a guy who had just arrived. I went at the request of his step-father. No family was allowed to visit at all, but an AA member WAS allowed to see and talk to him. As I was leaving after leaving him the third big book I had given him, he asked a question, that I will never forget, nor will I forget my answer. He asked, ď Why are you doing this Mark? You donít even know me.Ē My response said it all. ďBecause, Michael, I owe, I owe.Ē While I hear the people that introduce themselves with their name, and ďa grateful, recovering alcoholicĒ, I am, but always attempt to show in my manner and shares that I LIVE the program, and the gratitude shows through. Both parents died of self induced liver failure due to our dis-ease, so it is not hard to be grateful that will not be my fate. I was well on the way before my higher power arrested the progression for me. I had but to become willing, which took little time. Thanks to all who shared above, and for those who have yet to attend a live meeting, you are missing something that I had never felt prior to doing so myself. A true feeling of belonging. Mark W. LMW007@aol.com


Member: Tracy
Location:
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 11:47:37 AM

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AA does not give people the power to choose, please read bigbook page 21 and last paragraph of chapter three and bill's story.


Member: Tracy
Location: olympia, washington
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 11:55:42 AM

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What I like most about AA is that having lost my choice to drink or not to drink AA had showed my a way to my God that has taken this problem away. I am firmly convinced that I have no choice today that I am sober out of grace.Grace has to work or i am screwed. AT certain times an Alcoholic has no effective mental defense against that first drink a defense if any must come from a higher power! look at this it doesn't say second or third drink but it says first drink and AA has shown me my higher power and for that i will always be grateful, for If it came down to tracy's choice(wich is the same as my will)i would not continue to go to AA. yes it is true that i do not want to drink but that wasn't my choice that was giving to me, alot of times before i didn't want to drink but all the will i could muster didn't work, i found something that take that challenge on for me! My higher power and AA


Member: RhondaM
Location: Texas
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 12:05:49 PM

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I love the program; it gives me the power to choose, and I choose not to drink or drug today.Its a powerful program, if you use it. I am one of those people who needs to attend alot of meetings. that works for me, it helps to keep me sober. I need the fellowship. Thanks for all of shares.


Member: me again
Location:
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 12:14:40 PM

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of course i need to realize that AA is full of potential alcoholics and that is fine too, not all have really crossed that line


Member: Cec H
Location: Cowtown
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 12:27:18 PM

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What do I like most about A.A.? My life! nuff said.


Member: anon al
Location: 2689 Ridgecrest Drive
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 2:19:16 PM

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What do you like most about AA? #1: it works for me (11+yrs) and #2 it's available everywhere I go (U.S., Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Japan). Thanks.


Member: Chris H.
Location: Fla.
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 2:50:54 PM

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I'm Chris. I'm an alcoholic/addict/ bulimic...What do I like most about A.A. ? There are so many things...But I think most of all is the serenity it provides me with, if I go to meetings and work the program. There are two of the sayings that I love the most... "Spiritual Progress not perfection" and "secrets make you sick". I was and still am ( when I don't go to meetings) a spiritual perfectionist on myself. If I am not perfect (in my eyes) , I beat myself up contantly. I waste countless "presants" in telling myself what a screw up I am, and miss the beauty of what ever gift GOd is giving me at the moment/ The program isteaching me to lighten up on myself and live in the "now". THe past is gone and the future never comes, if yÝu are livign in the present. I still have a long way to go on that, but I don't have ot beat myself up about it.I have learned that if I am stuck on telling m•self what a screw up I am , I stay stuck in the problem rather than the solution....The saying that "secrets make •ou sick" is also a biggy for me. In my family of origin it was to one's best interest to keep your mistakes a secret. NOw , that does not work for me and only keeps me in my illness. However, telling my secrets has been one of the hardest things I've had to do in the program. I have learned though, that it is so freeing and brings me so uch serenity.....I've got to say also that I agree with the entry that said that they were not here day sanity was passed out...I feel so much like that and I am so greatful to the program that I can obtain a measure of sanity by learning what A.A. has to teach me.!!!


Member: JonR
Location: New Boston,NH
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 5:58:16 PM

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HI, Jon alcoholic...I enjoy the fact that my life is not manageable but tolerable today. I can handle life on life's terms now and I couldn't say that a year ago. Like the big book says our problems pile up on us and we loose our heads and I was there... I needed help and AA is good medicine as they say. THanks


Member: Mark D
Location: NH
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 7:44:44 PM

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The obvious thing that I like about AA is what it has given me. A way to live without medicating myself against the world or myself or whatever the hell else I was afraid of. The other thing that it provides me with is a connection to other people that is not easy to attain outside of AA. I can sit down any day and have a deep, honest conversation with someone. No pretentions, no judgements, just honest sharing. That's a gift that I doubt that many non-alcoholics have as ready access to as do we.


Member: Patrick C
Location: santa cruz, CA
Date: 7/5/2002
Time: 11:47:16 PM

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The people in AA, there acceptance and unjudgemental attitude towards newcomers and re-tread newcomers, being one who has slipped and kept coming back anyway it was only the general attitude of my fellowship that made this possible. If I thought I would be judged or looked down upon I wouldent have returned.


Member: sr
Location: atlanta
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 3:12:35 AM

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What I like most about AA is tonight I couldn't sleep I was filled with so much fear. I came to this sight and I made a meeting right in the middle of the night(it's 3am where I am).Reading everyone's comments really help me to come out of that fear. I felt I'm not alone. Thank God for AA.


Member: Tony M.
Location: Marion, Ohio
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 10:06:06 AM

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What I like most about A.A. Oh Hi everyone I'm an alcoholic my name and problem is Tony M.Is the life I have gianed thourgh sobriety. It has brought me closer to my family and TRUE friends. It has givin me the hope and courage to live. And for that I am greatful. Thanks for reading


Member: Tim D
Location: Marion, Ohio
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 10:15:14 AM

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Hi i'm an alcoholic my name is Tim D I have been sober 2 and a half months this time around. What i like most about A.A. is no matter how many times i have relapsed i am always welcomed back with open arms and never judged. A.A. has given me a more spiritual way of living and for that i'm very grateful. thank god and A.A.


Member: John P
Location: Clovis, CA
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 10:33:50 AM

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Hi, I'm John and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober for 15 years, but I have not attended AA meeting regularly for 12. My life and my mind have suffered. AA and the members taught me how to live. I selfishly took those principles and got a life-a wife, a family, work. None of this would have been possible without AA. However, without living the program, over time, all the benefits of AA living have gradually been destroyed as I apply my old thinking to life. My solution is pretty poor. What I like most about AA is that I can come back and start again, knowing that here are the answers for sobriety and sober peaceful living. For this, I am grateful


Member: Gerry T
Location: Scotland
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 11:43:30 AM

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Hi Gerry, Alcholic, The reason I like A.A. is 1) It saved my life, 2) It saved my sanity, 3) It gave me a God of my own understanding and a programme second to none, although it took me 23 years to finally, without having a drink in that time, be brought to a point in my own sobriety where "selfwill" almost destroyed my sanity. Having been brought to that place I, with the help of this power greater than me, I finally asked for help from another alcholic to take me through the programme of A.A. It has been 2 years of hard work, lots of humility, honesty and the help of a good sponsor who lives the programme in every aspect of his life. I am still taking the "baby" steps and deepening my own knowledge and understanding of the programme and of this power greater than me. I have found that the practice of honestly talking to my sponsor about the important things in my life (in other words checking things out) because I need a balance in my life on a daily basis so the 10th and 11th step, along with the other 10 become a working part of my life to find that balance on a daily basis. God bless.


Member: zz
Location:
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 12:13:23 PM

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Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 1:10:53 PM

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Member: LP
Location: KANSAS
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 2:50:35 PM

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AA has taught me not to look at it as though I can NEVER drink again, but rather I don,t have to drink again. It's a great fellowship to be involved in. Everybody has the same and problem and offers the right solutions for others.


Member: amy w
Location: ohio
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 5:36:40 PM

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AA...the thing that I like most is that there exists this place where I am just like everyone else. We are all here for the same reason, regardless of fame, fortune, money, status, color, religion, etc. I find it comforting in this world that categorizes all of us differently that I can come and be the same.


Member: Tom H
Location:
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 9:45:11 PM

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What I like best about AA is that I am free now.


Member: Chuck K.
Location: Washington state
Date: 7/6/2002
Time: 11:58:10 PM

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What I like most about AA is that it is a program that really works! no matter who you are or what you've done you can find acceptance in this program as it is about changing myself, and while I admit and take responsibility for my past and current defects I don't have to beat myself up over them. this after all is about forgiving ourselves as well as others. It also gives me the wonderful opportunity of meeting all kinds of people! Thank you all for my soberity...Chuck begotas2netscape.com


Member: Reg
Location: Atlanta
Date: 7/7/2002
Time: 3:39:21 AM

Comments

I'm still drinking but I hope to find what y'all have.


Member: Bill W
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: 7/7/2002
Time: 4:40:56 AM

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Hi friends , I'm Bill and definitally an alcoholic. What I like most is the promises. When I work the programme the best I can then these come true. I have been blessed and recieved so much. All I do is take one day at a time and handle things one at a time . Result pure joy.