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(#844) Johanna Z (Costa Mesa, CA)
1985 in Atlanta, GA  EVENT: 10th Atlanta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story

Sober 10 years since 1975, her first time ever in the South, she walked into the doors of AA in Longbeach, CA dirty, at 23 as a heroin addict living on the streets. She could not imagine being good enough to be a member of AA - she had sold her soul.

She came from a "perfectly normal Irish Catholic alcolholic home" with all the anger, violence, resentment and unhappiness. She was born in Kansas, grew up in Sumatra Indonesia and sobered up in Longbeach, CA.

She needed to be in AA before she was legally able to drink. She moved in with a long line of men who would take her in until they kicked her out.

She got married early in AA. Her husband went out but is back into the program. Johanna is very active going to treatment centers and hospitals.


(50 min) (17.3 MB) (id#844)