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Grapevine : June 2011
But, whether we got something out of the meeting or not, our main goal was always achieved. We stayed so- ber another day. When I was drinking, I felt iso- lated and miserable. After I finally hit bottom, these two special relation- ships taught me that it’s not enough to just be around the program, I needed to immerse myself in it. I do that by reaching out to others, mak- ing friends and asking for help. Whether I’m home or on a trip, my disease is always with me. Dur- ing these times, I continue doing the same things I learned many years ago: Plan on going to a meeting. If one isn’t available, use the phone book and call someone ... make an AA connection. It doesn’t matter if the meeting I go to is familiar or new, in my back- yard or in a different country, if I’m alone or with a buddy, when I walk through the door, I always feel like I’m home. Carol P. Clinton, Mass. ing wherever I am. here are some actions that have worked for me when seeking aa meet- ings away from home: 1. I do an Internet search on “aa meetings in ______,” and print the schedule. Sometimes, I refine my search to “eng- lish–speaking meetings in ___ ___ _” if I am travel- ing someplace where english is not the primary language. 2.Itrytofindthe intergroup office number in the city or country that I am traveling to, and usually call in advance. This has proven useful for confirming the accu- racy of meeting schedules online. In one case, they arranged for someone to pick me up at my hotel when I did not have a car. 3.Imapoutand schedule the meetings I will attend. I have to negotiate this a bit if I’m with my wife and children on a family vacation, but when I let them know in advance, it’s a lot easier to free up time for meetings. 4. I bring literature and call/text my aa friends frequently. The meetings I attend while traveling are all memorable, sometimes astonishing. I don’t know if it is because the accents and formats are different or I am in a different frame of mind, but I can still remember something about every travel meeting I have ever attended. So, as we “trudge the road of happy destiny,” I hope you have a chance to “trudge” to a travel meeting. Hal W. Berwyn, Pa. Finding AA meetings in 2011 is a little bit easier than when I first got sober. aagrapevine.org 19 GRAPE_16-19.indd 19 4/21/11 4:06 PM