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Grapevine : November 2011
I was introduced to AA at the age of 7 when my mother so- bered up. I started drinking myself when I was 10. It im- mediately numbed all my feel- ings, which for me was a good thing. I was abused in many ways as a child and was relieved to find something Welcome back A child of AA grows up to go home again that helped me hide from life. I was a blackout drinker, but since I had no memory of what happened, it made it easy to not look at or see that there was a problem. I was always eager to please oth- ers and do what they wanted me to, thinking that was how to make them NEWCOMERS PHOTO BY COLIN B. aagrapevine.org 53