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Grapevine : January 2012
life. All i can remember wasitledmetohell.idid not notice i was com- pletely locked inside a very dark place, not able to see anything or anybody, with ups and downs that took me from euphoria to trying to kill myself. Sometimes i would be king of the world and sometimes the worst person on earth. The last year before AA, my whole world collapsed and i gave up everything else. i abandoned myself to alcohol for one whole year. Before anything got any worse, i hit bottom. When i got to the recovery house, i knew i was completely defeated by alcohol. When i was introduced to AA, i was scared, but very curious. i knew it was my last chance, and i took it. i moved to San José, Calif., to a rehab center. My plan was to stay three months, but for some reason i’m still here and i love it. i’m clean, sober and happy. i have principles in my life today and the words home- group, service, sponsor, sponsee, general service, agenda, topics and del- egate. i can go on and on, but the basic idea is still the same: Keep it simple, one day at a time. José D. Sunnydale, Calif. going to be all right. I got into sober living and stayed there for my first seven months of sobriety. I got into action real quick and started working the steps with a sponsor. I started finding ways of being of service to others. I started going to a lot of meetings. I started praying every day to the God I had abandoned a long time ago—al- though he was not the same God I had in my mind when I was a child. I just celebrated four years of so- briety, and my life keeps getting bet- ter and better. I am very active in aa, with several service positions within my group and at the district level. I sponsor four women who have ab- solutely enhanced my sobriety. I just recently got married to a man who gets the privilege of practicing this way of life too. we pray and meditate together every morning and do our best to apply the principles to our marriage. I also have my daughter living with me full time, and it is a joy to get to apply this program to my parenting as well. she is active in alateen and I am so grateful that she gets a program to help her too. I am thoroughly convinced that I am powerless—and thus, godless— without the program of aa and ev- ery day I am given power through the God of my understanding that I have found in aa. Power to do good. Power to heal and not hurt. aa has created a spirit in me that cannot be broken, so long as I continue to “trudge the road of happy destiny.” Talia C. Tulsa, Okla. For more stories like this, v isit aagrapevine.org /topic/young-people aagrapevine.org 15 GRAPE_12-15.indd 15 11/22/11 2:39 PM