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Grapevine : August 2010
Following release from rehab I went to a meeting organizing a bus trip to Atlanta, Ga., for ICYPAA. ICYPAA. I had no money but someone decided to drag me along. We le the next day. Can you imagine 3,000 young people in AA together celebrating sobriety and life? It was mind-blowing. ey were excited about recovery and their enthusiasm was contagious. It rubbed o onmeandforthe first time in a long time thoughts of suicide and drinking le my mind; I wanted to live and to find the happiness I felt there. What's even cooler than that is I realized that I wasn't alone. ere are others just like me all over the world recovering with the Twelve Steps of AA. Georgia gave me more hope than I could have ever dreamed of. Now---10 months later and almost nine months sober---I sit here writing this story as one of the many young people in AA. Tanya A. Mukwonago, Wis. A matter of Tradition M Y Step group uses a Tradition as the topic for one of our weekly meetings each month. Some time ago, we substituted the Grape- vine article on the Tradi- tion for the reading in the "Twelve and Twelve." We found that the Grapevine Tradition article sparked a more spirited discus- sion and presented a more contemporary view. Recent Grapevines be duplicated anywhere. Tom recently received the "cure" by passing away and Bob is still meditating and not drinking. We have di erent ways of dealing with life, and I prefer the AA way. Brian D. Palm Bay, Fla. Back- up plan scrapped I AM 20 years old and have been battling alcoholism since I was 12. I couldn't stay sober for more than six hours. I was dying and alone, and couldn't imagine life get- ting better, but I decided to try treatment one last time, with suicide as my back-up plan. Rehab introduced me to the longest period of sobriety I'd known, and to AA. In one of the meetings I found a flyer from the International Conference of Young People in Alcohol- ics Anonymous (ICYPAA). e Tuesday following my release from rehab I went to a meeting organizing a bus trip to Atlanta, Ga., for Grapevine 5