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Grapevine : May 2011
workers. Thanks to the Steps, I went from changing jobs every two years to staying for four, then seven years with the same company. I had wanted to return to my home- town some years ago, but felt I had burned too many bridges and still held a resentment that prevented me from considering it. Needless to say, I again found myself at a crossroads with a supervisor that was problem- atic on both our parts. My sponsor stood with me as I rode it out, pray- ing like a demon, making changes, speaking up or shutting up, until a change occurred andIknewifIleft the job it wouldn’t be in anger or cov- ered up by another lie to myself and others about why I was going. Then, a job opened up in my hometown with the company I left two decades ago. I applied. when I interviewed and my past conduct came up, out of my mouth came the words explaining that I was not the best I could be at that time and I did owe some amends, which I was able to make to the two people I had affected. we were able to laugh about it, and I knew the street was clean. today, I have so much fun now that Iknowmyjobisto serve others, which was something I learned through service in aa. I feel like my life is whole and that aa lives with me, not only in the meetings but at work, too. Pat M. Florence, Ore. but everyone was very friendly. After listening to the ten or so people pres- ent, I was asked if I wanted to say any- thing. I could not believe the words that came out of my mouth as I ad- mitted I was an alcoholic and my life was unmanageable. I don’t remember anything else, but afterwards I felt good about myself again. I felt hope. All of a sudden, I wanted what these people had and was willing to go to any length not to drink alcohol. I was even willing to follow suggestions and go to a weekly meeting of lawyers and judges in recovery. My temporary sponsor suggested attending 90 meet- ings in 90 days. As my journey in sobriety contin- ued, I joined the Membership Assis- tance Program Committee of my State Bar, which works independently of the Lawyer Regulation Department. Like me, many lawyers voluntarily seek assistance and all information received is protected and confidential. At that group, I met another lawyer in recovery who joined me at a law practice. We are still working together and it continues to be of great comfort to know another sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous is always just around the corner. Rick B. Phoenix, Ariz. aagrapevine.org 17 GRAPE_15-17.indd 17 4/4/11 1:08 PM