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Grapevine : August 2011
rehab number four in east Texas. This time, recovery in this re- hab was based on the Twelve Steps. I made it to my Eighth Step and was released after three months. I was still unsure about staying sober, but decided to see what a real meeting was like. I walked into a group in Frisco, Texas, on the same day I was dis- charged and sat down in the back. It felt like I was being judged the entire time. Apparently, I had that look in my eyes that old--timers thrive on, be- cause when the meeting ended, a man with 23 years of sobriety came up and introduced himself. He told me that he'd been through the pain I was in and knew a way out. A few hours and several cups of coffee later, I saw that I wasn't crazy. I was an alcoholic. Everyone remembered my name the next day and seemed happy to see me. I started working the Steps with Tim (who I met at my first meeting) and my life began to change. We started having deep conversations about Step One, going into in-depth details about my past. He helped me realize how complete- ly powerless I was over alcohol and how unmanageable my life was. I came to understand that to drink meant to die, that I could never drink normally again. My head started to clear as I came to believe that a power greater than myself (the rooms of AA) could and was already in the process of re- storing me to sanity. I slowly came to believe in a God of my own under- standing, because I knew no human power could restore sanity to hope- less drunks like us. My sponsor and I went to a spe- cial spot by a beautiful lake, got on our knees and recited the Third Step prayer. From that moment on, I com- mitted to live in God's will, because I knew that my will would kill me. I cleaned house, trust God and have continued working with others. In doing so, I am a much different, happier person. I am also an 18 year- old member of Alcoholics Anony- mous with one year of sobriety. Anonymous You can now manage all your Grapevine subscriptions at AAGrape- vine.org by clicking on "My Account" and entering your user ID and password or your account number and zip/postal code. Of course we are always available at CustomerService@aagrapevine.org or by calling us at 800-631-6025 (US/Canada) or 818-487-2091 (International). MANAGE YOUR GRAPEVINE ACCOUNT ONLINE aagrapevine.org 49