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Grapevine : January 2012
in your 20s or even 30s, getting sober can be extra scary. Sometimes it helps if you can identify with an alcoholic who turned their life around early. So whenever a young person comes into our home group looking for help, one of the first things I try to do is introduce him or her to another member who got sober early. In the January issue, we feature stories by young people getting sober. In “Not So Tough,” a boy hits the streets by 13 and finds AA by 15. “ The journey my life has taken since I’ve been sober is amazing,” he writes. “I can’t believe the places I’ve gone and the person I’ve become.” In “I’m Too Young,” a mom in her late 20s does her best to stay away from AA, until one day, two women her age bring a meeting into jail. Having a blast while doing service at young peoples’ conferences is the focus of “Young, Crazy, Sober, Fun.” Tina from Wisconsin got involved, and she’s now meeting young, sober people from all over the U.S . and Canada. “It changed my sobriety and gave me a purpose to focus on,” she writes. The issue also features hopeful personal stories, such as “River’s Edge” and “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.” Please share your stories with us. On page 61 you will find our upcoming issue themes. And don’t forget jokes. Heard any good ones lately? We love when members send in jokes about drinking and alcoholism. After all, we’re not a glum lot. We can always use a good laugh. Happy New Year to you all! In fellowship, The Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome It’s hard enough coming into AA for the first time, but when you’re a teenager, or aagrapevine.org 1 GRAPE_1.indd 1 11/22/11 4:37 PM