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(#2722) Danny D (El Segundo, CA)
8/30/2019 in Torrance, CA  EVENT: 35th South Beach Family Roundup  TYPE: AA, Male, Story

Sober 11 years since 2/18/2008, an Air Force "brat" who became a street wino, he had lots of potential if only he would apply himself.

His first memory was - "I want OUT!" Next was people asking him, "Why did you do that?" Then, "Quit your crying or I'll give you something to cry about."

He went to his first three weeks of meetings drunk and every time a big guy there gave him a hug.

This led to eight years of not drinking and I sponsor myself AKA untreated alcoholism.

Around AA but not in AA.

He went out for 15 years after taking his 8-year medallion.

His sponsor, Earl H, never gave up on him in those 15 years: visited him in jails and institutions and kept bringing him hope.

He could play drums, repair a Harley but could not NOT drink.

What Earl taught him by example was to keep reaching his hand out.

(1 hr 17 min) (17.6 MB) (id#2722)