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Grapevine : August 2010
A er five years in the program of AA, I thought I under- stood the true na- ture of the disease. I also thought I was spiritually fit. I still attended weekly AA meetings, although sporadically. I'd be- come comfortable. One day someone said something that hurt my feelings. I let all the pain I had ever experienced in my life hurt me once again. I cried and cried about it. But I didn't call my spon- sor. Later that day, I gave a neighbor a ride home from the store near my house. We were to have lunch, but I had five shots of vodka instead. I attempted to move my car and ended up in a cell downtown. It was just that quick. My disease is truly cunning, ba ing and powerful and had reared its ugly nature once again, only this time, my consequences were steep. All the times I had driven drunk and now I had got- tenaDUIinmyown driveway! It is true that you pick up right where you le o . At least, it was true for me. For the past six months, I have been leading a sober life again, sharing daily with a wonderful sponsor and pray- ing and meditating. ese things have helped me "grow through the pain." God has once again helped me through. My anger, fear and resentment have healed. I am truly at peace with myself. As long as I allow God to do his will in my life I can stay sober. Today, I value my sobriety. I make better choices, set firmer boundaries and read and write daily literature. Each day I take one day at a time leads me on my journey in recovery.Susan M. Cols, Ga. Right where I left off to catch some information to keep me on track, and an open heart for God's love and guidance. Without that I'd be a lost soul. Thanks again for giving me a safe haven; I don't have to feel alone. One last thing that came to mind the other night was the phrase, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Yet here we all are, living proof that indeed you can. With catch phras- es like "Easy Does It," "One Day at a Time" and "Keep It Simple"; and with, of course, the Serenity Prayer, I'm going to keep coming back, be- cause this works. Sue E. Hammond, Ind. I attempted to move my car and ended upinacell downtown. It was just that quick. 50 August 2010