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Grapevine : October 2011
thought of the flattening quality of those city buses, like I used to. My sponsor pointed out that wanting to check out and wanting to drink are not so far apart and that I should share in meetings like my life de- pended on it. At 10 years, I'm now married to a beautiful, quirky yoga teacher in AA---the perfect boy meets girl on AA campus story with a huge, amaz- ing wedding with nearly our whole home group setting it up and danc- ing. We both pray and meditate to- gether nightly, as dorky as it sounds. I have five sponsees to keep me on the ground, and God comes to me through so many different channels. I no longer see myself as separate within AA, but as having my own path to AA and having some differ- ent health needs. Some people have diabetes, or MS, or weight issues, and I have mine. I still have nights of frustrating insomnia. I still go on up and down cycles. I still can get that manic obsessiveness about stuff, but nothing like before, noth- ing I've needed to drink over. I think it's really helped that I not only go to meetings and do service and sponsor people, but that I've truly fallen in love with AA, the people, the truth in people's shares, the humor, the ten- derness, the daily miracles visible in every room. I sometimes joke with my spon- sor that I should write that missing chapter to the manic depressive who is the least understood of his friends. He just laughs and asks, "Why not a screenplay?" Joshua H. New York, N.Y. Discussion topic Iwas having panic attacks daily," writes the author of "Getting O the Roller Coaster. Because he was bipolar, his sponsor suggested that talking with his doctor would be smart. "I did," he writes, "butshesaidIwasina state of breakdown and it would take months for my old medications to help if they even did anymore." So his sponsor suggested that he pray for patience and also read the AA pamphlet on medications. "I discov- ered it was very well-written and helped me see that AA in no way suggested getting o medications for my type of disease." He then read the section in " e Doctor's Opinion" in the Big Book, which says ... " ere is the manic-depressive type, who is, perhaps, the least un- derstood by his friends, and about whom a whole chap- ter could be written." "Why the hell didn't they write the chapter?" he asks. Have you had a situation in sobriety which involved decisions about the use of medications? If so, was the literature helpful? Were the pamphlets? How did you handle it? Was your sponsor helpful? You may use this topic at a discussion meeting, or share your experience on the i-Say bulletin board, www.aagrapevine.org. aagrapevine.org 39