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Grapevine : January 2012
Dear Grapevine make our stories sing. For 32 years I’ve seen AA groups slam the door shut on mental health issues. I’ve seen people try to discontinue prescribed psychotropic medications and, regrettably, go nuts. I’ve heard trusted ser- vants kiss off these psy- chotropics as an “outside issue.” Now you’ve helped us take an informed look at something that deeply affects many of us. Thanks for letting Joshua H. speak out. You may be saving some lives. Kyle N. Independence, Va. The birthday gift ON my 50th birthday, I reflected on my life. I began drinking at 12 years old and always saw school as a waste of time, boring and stupid. I was more interested in partying. My ambitions were more toward being a gangster and impressing my hoodlum friends. My business career consists of many bright beginnings and many dismal failures. I could not maintain valuable and intimate relationships, which re- sulted in multiple divorces and estranged children. I hurt everyone around me. InAAIamnotalone.I have found many others who have had similar life experiences. I had always felt guilt and shame and separated from others be- cause I thought I was the Thanks for not slamming the door We’re having a Grapevine meeting at my home group tonight, thanks to your superbly written October story, “Getting Off the roller Coaster.” A bouquet to the staff for a superb job on editing and layout: You I’ve seen people try to discontinue prescribed medications and, regrettably, go nuts. Vol. 68, No. 8 . GRAPEVINE (ISSN# 1947-9972) is published monthly by AA Grapevine, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Subscriptions: $28.97 for one year (CAN $35 US), $54 for two years (CAN $65 US); outside US and Canada, $42 US for one year, $78 US for two years. Copyright @ 2012 by AA Grapevine, Inc. All rights reserved. “Alcoholics Anonymous” and “A.A.” are registered Trademarks of A.A. World Services, Inc.; “Box 1980,” “AA Grapevine,” “GV,” and “The Grapevine” are registered trademarks of AA Grapevine, Inc. Periodical postage paid at New York, New York and at additional entry offices. For subscription information, call: (800) 631-6025, or via email at email@example.com. Postmaster: Send address changes to GRAPEVINE, Box 16867, North Hollywood, CA 91516-6867. 4 January 2012 GRAPE_4-6.indd 4 11/22/11 3:04 PM