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Grapevine : September 2011
friendly and asked me to come again, so I did. I couldn't understand how it worked. I just went to meetings and stayed sober. My relationship got back on track and I was sober for three weeks without even trying. I wouldn't do the Steps, stopped attending meetings, and relapsed a week later. I went on drinking, some- times missing work and lying to my boss. My relationship went downhill and my girlfriend left the country. I was fired from my job for miss- ing shifts, but found a position at the college. By that time I was determined to do well. I tried my best but began to drink at home. Mornings were per- manent torment and days were full of hard work. By evening, I deserved a break and knew only one way to re- lax. Depression was constant. I went to a concert, but wound up in jail for public intoxication. I went to a couple of AA meetings, but didn't feel com- mitted. I could quit on my own for a couple of weeks, but never longer. Occasionally, I'd call a crisis help line and talk to them. They'd point out that everything I did seemed to fail, yet somehow things worked (when I worked them) in AA, so may- be I should get to a meeting before midnight. I followed that advice and have been in AA since. AA has taught me that all that matters is staying sober for 24 hours, one day at a time, and to thank who- ever was watching over me. I was taught that I have a choice to do things in a different way if I'm so- ber. Once I poured alcohol down my throat, the only choice I had was to continue drinking. The person who became my re- covery guide was 19 years sober, still attending meetings and helping oth- ers get sober. He was from a different country and twice my age. Through talking, sharing our stories and rely- ing on the experience of alcoholics that passed before us, we learned about ourselves and stayed sober. I completed the Steps of AA be- cause I wanted to get better, not just physically but also spiritually and mentally. It was the most important homework I have ever done. I could see it working and still see it working, with myself as with many others. I managed to get a degree and now I'm going for a second one. I have a good relationship with my girlfriend and my family. I work with homeless ad- dicts, helping them by sharing what I was taught. At almost six years so- ber,Iamgladtobeapartofthisand grateful that I've snapped my chain to the beer fridge. Anton R. Edmonton, Alberta Apparently, they were some sort of cult, he said, where all they did was drink gallons of coffee. aagrapevine.org 51