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(#708) Joe A (Cincinnati, OH)
3/23/2002 in San Antonio, TX  EVENT: Weekend in SA with AA  TYPE: AA, Male, Story

Sober 23 years since 10/5/1978, Joe said the speakers at the conference were all, "run of the mill drunks who tapped into a Power greater than themselves that helped them recreate their lives." Joe is an alcoholic because he has the illness of alcoholism.

He did not grow up deprived and did not feel like a square peg in a round hole. He started life out positive. He drank at first because the older kids were doing it.

He did not get the program at his first meeting. He had to get to the point where he was ready to jump off a bridge and end it all, living in a place for $18 a week with ten older men. And though he was skeptical, he was able to find sobriety just to prove to another member that the program would not work.

(1 hr 11 min) (16.3 MB) (id#708)