A Sober Pandemic

I wanted to get sober but I didn’t want to stop drinking alcohol. That was pretty much my life for all the 10 years that I drank. Drunken parties where I came home stumbling in the dark fumbling for keys that may or may not have been there. How I lived my life pre-pandemic was […]

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Daily Meditation Meetings from Geneva on Zoom

What one meeting used to be like, what happened, and what the Daily Meditation Meetings are like now.  There used to be a Geneva-based meditation meeting. Fellows got together every Friday morning at 7:30am for a one-hour meeting, starting with 10 minutes of meditation followed by a reading of the chair’s choice. Attendance was very […]

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Carrying the Message Under Any Circumstances

Talk about a life beyond your wildest dreams! I am writing this during the lockdown in Milan, and I haven’t been to a face-to-face meeting for more than two months – something that would have been unthinkable to me in years past. A friend and fellow member just called to share experience of taking someone […]

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Finding the Fellowship I Craved in YPAA

My name is A.J. and I am an alcoholic. “Yes, I’m willing.  But am I consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see?”  When I came to AA at age 29, I had already lived my life as stupid, boring, glum, and self-righteous as an […]

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Practicing FROG in Milan

In a time of uncertainty, I pray for serenity. However, this hasn’t always been my first reaction. When I felt confused or out of control, I used to head straight to alcohol. And the more I drank, the more I could escape reality. It was like an instant vacation, where time would speed up and […]

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