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Grapevine : August 2010
Grapevine 57 S OME of the most wonderful people I have ever met are sober recovering alcoholics. But not everyone I've met in AA, even with years of sobri- ety, has something I want. is program is about taking all Twelve Steps, developing a relationship with a Higher Power as we understand that Higher Power, and then practic- ing those principles in all our a airs and giving it away. At six-and-a-half years sober, I have the gi of being able to work full time in chemical dependency treatment. I get to hear about how all kinds of people are given direction by all sorts of people in our program. It's wonderful to watch the lights come on and people embracing AA. What I notice when patients are resistant toAAisthatitiso en because of certain mes- sages that I also hear in AA---namely very little about working the Twelve Steps in your life. Instead, Hiding out Going to meetings is only one part of recovery, a member writes It's OK to have a life and be a member of AA. What's On Your Mind? there is an insistence on going to meetings and more meetings and more meetings. Patients (newcomers) worry about losing themselves in AA; they tell stories of things PHOTO BY ANONYMOUS