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Grapevine : October 2011
When I arrived at my home group in 2000, my entire world existed within a radius of three square miles. I had my home and a job. Between those two places were my gas station, dry cleaner, grocery store, two places to buy booze and my bar. I didn't have a cell phone. There was no one to call. The Big Book, my sponsor and my home group taught me how to live without alcohol, enjoy life and walk through anything without a drink. My home group saved me and, even though many individuals who were there nine years ago have moved out of the area, its importance in my life hasn't changed. When I was 30 days sober, my So she borrowed her sponsor's Higher Power, which was entirely sufficient husband moved out and my home group was there. At 90 days sober, I changed jobs and my home group was there. At five months, I went on a sober cruise. At 10 months, my es- tranged husband sued me for spou- sal support and won. My home group was there and I did not drink. Coin- cidence? Before AA, I thought most women were either after my money, my men or my booze. Then I met a new man, someone I loved and felt comfortable around, even amongst other women. My life started having meaning and purpose. I attended meetings, got ser- vice commitments and attended an- nual retreats. As my second birthday/ anniversary approached, I had never HOME GROUP God wasn't big enough 56 October 2011