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Grapevine : February 2011
you relapse long before you take that first drink. I told them that I was afraid of relapsing. I didn't know how to live or not take that first drink. is group of strangers and grandsponsor loved me up and shared their experience, strength and hope. I walked out of that meeting sure that I was not going to take a drink---that day. Suzy S. Lenexa, Kan. Loose lips My husband was in a diner the other day. Sitting in the booth behind him were women from my women's group. ey don't know him, because he's not one of us. My sponsor was talk- ing about my Fourth Step, because I had just done my Fi h with her. She was telling them everything and they were laughing. My husband got up and introduced himself---they were shocked, eyes wide open, jaws dropped. I'll never go to another AA meeting again. Via i-Say, www. aagrapevine.org Experience sobriety Ithought my life was over when I was forced into rehab at the age of 17. I could not fathom not picking up a drink again. But then, I real- ized that I only need to take my sobriety and my life one day at a time. With that mentality, I've managed to put together 101 days of sobriety---the best 101 days of my life. e gi s of sobriety have already begun to blow my mind. I was admitted to one of the best colleges in America, and my relationship with Sitting in the booth behind him were women from my women's group. my family has flourished. I've also found my God in the rooms, which I never thought would happen. I am changing for the bet- ter every day. I'm alive, and that's exhilarating. Whenever I listen to old-timers speak about the horror that came along with drinking and using drugs, it makes me want to stay sober even more. AA has potentially saved my life. I hope this message encourages another teenager to ex- perience sobriety. ank you, Grapevine, for the messages you deliver every month.Justin M. Newark, N.J. 6 February 2011