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Grapevine : September 2011
A newcomer is quite unnoticed by others in the room. a surefire blood or urine test would determine thatIwasoneifitwas developed. All I know is that my sanity, sobriety, contentment and happi- ness seem to depend on my doing certain things, including getting to meet- ings and living in accord with the Steps and what I think God would want me to do most of the time, although I am still not striving for sainthood. I feel that I am living in paradise and have none of the sort of dis-ease that once drove me to escape and self-destruction. I believe that recovery is about being restored to sanity, the ability to adjust to reality, and having my alcoholism relieved on a daily basis by God through maintenance of the healthy habits that maintain my recovery. Jim F. Tasmania, Australia Easy to forget HOW o en we seem to forget where we come from. From the con- trol of alcohol to the self-- control through AA and the people in the meeting rooms. How lonely we were and scared when we walked into our first meeting only to be greeted by an open hand and a warm welcome. If a newcomer entered the room, Bill W. would be right there at his side to Real alcoholics IHAVE a friend who thinks that most AA members are not "real" alcoholics like he is, and that is why most seem able to stay sober by going to a meeting or so a week and doing little else, not really living by the Steps like "real" alco- holics need to in order to stay sane and sober. is makes some sense to me, but the idea that some are more alco- holic than others seems destructive to AA unity and seems to be raised by those who think they are "real" alcoholics and others aren't. I have a pretty weak drinking story, stopping at 28 mostly to try to keep a job and because I was get- ting tired of waking up in a wet bed with no memory of the night before. But, on the other hand, I felt the need to go to an aver- age of about 10 meetings a week for my first three years of recovery. Idon'tknowifIama "real" alcoholic. I have sometimes wondered if aagrapevine.org 5