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Grapevine : January 2011
Welcome At what point did you admit you were powerless over alcohol? According to Bill W., writing in the March 1960 AA Grapevine, "This sim- ply means that all of us have to hit bottom and hit it hard and lastingly." That bottom comes in many forms, and the essays in this month's special section are particularly poi- gnant accounts of powerlessness. In "The Drunk who Came in from the Cold," a man wanders out of a treatment center into a 20-below-zero Alaskan night and ends up by some miracle in an empty, but open, AA meeting room instead of a bar. In "Out of Bounds," an inmate has to see the insanity in a fellow prisoner to un- derstand the insanity in himself. The young female author of "Puppet of Destruction" writes, "Ironically, my bottom was not when I lost my apartment, my job, my boyfriend or the respect of my family," and goes on to share that her complete emptiness of all emotion brought her to Step One. These and other stories like these remind us that while the road to admitting powerlessness may be rough, the key to recovery can be as simple as learning to be normal in "Hot Fudge Sobriety," learning to accept love in "Cat Power," or deciding to ride a bicycle through the rain to an institu- tions commitment and making all the difference to a pa- tient, as a member writes about in "King of Excuses." Service takes many forms and sending your stories and art to AA Grapevine is one of them. We are now accepting submissions for the 2012 AA Grapevine Wall Calendar photo contest. Get someone's day started right with an inspiring image. Learn more in this issue (see page 61) or visit AA- Grapevine.org. In fellowship, The Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Grapevine 1