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Grapevine : January 2012
aagrapevine.org 33 I wholly acknowledge that I am powerless over alcohol and that my life had become completely unmanage- able. I began using mind- altering substances when I first got my driver’s license at age 15. At first it was a few beers, but as time went on the substances were more serious. Alcohol was always there though, and always used in conjunction with whatever we were doing. Somehow, in a complete fog, I managed to get into college, even a good one, and miraculously I made fairly good grades. The first year I was heavily stoned and mildly drunk every day, but when I was a sophomore I found the social scene to be far more enjoyable with heavy amounts of alcohol, so I became a heavy binge drinker. At this point I I would walk to the liquor store ... 26 degrees, nine blocks, howling wind ... I was powerless. Steps STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable. Out of the storm A newcomer explores Step One and the five ways he was definitely powerless and unmanageable GRAPE_33-36.indd 33 11/28/11 11:45 AM