Hi, my name is Irma and I am an alcoholic from Vilnius, Lithuania. My home group is the “Young People in AA” group which meets Fridays at 7:30 PM. It is a bilingual group (sometimes even trilingual) and we go to fellowship afterward. I came into the rooms when I was 23 years old and my life never been the same since. I’ve lived in 3 countries and the safest places always were my home group.

When I came into the rooms, I was not sure what was wrong with me that I came without a career or family to AA. I was not sure why I was such a loser, as everyone else there had families, proper jobs and money . . . at least for a period of time. I felt that if there was a bottom, that I was way beyond it because I could not hold a job, I was far away from married, etc.

Now I am an active servant in AA and I was active in AA as a young person. I want anyone who comes into the rooms of AA, and especially young people, to know that you can live the sober life and that you have your peers trudge the road to happy destiny. This means going through school, starting your first job, being a trainee, then getting a promotion, going on dates, moving to different countries, going through break-ups and so on!!

A big part of my recovery was “copy what others do”. YPAA conventions were a great place to copy (good and bad things, but it was life lessons). This is how I started sober dancing in AA. There I met a lot of people who listened to the same kind of music that I did, they watched the same movies that I did and they were very passionate about recovery and AA.  The most memorable moment I had was most of us (Eurypaa gang, ICYPAA gang and etc) meeting in Atlanta for the AA World Convention. I lived in the US at the time and I got to meet some European YPAA friends after 5-6 years. It was the moment where I felt that it doesn’t matter how life goes – we are all here to recover – even if it’s not easy sometimes. I felt that my HP was really working.

Today I am grown-up and I have a grown-up job. I have had hundreds of sober first times in AA and have always had women who walked in front of me. These were women who had decades of recovery, and they were women who walked with me because they went through the same growing pains that I did. I feel responsible if there is a girl like me suffering somewhere that one day she will have the chance to come in the rooms of AA and she may be able to grow up sober, as I did.

Yours in service,
Irma P.
CER Young People’s Liaison Officer