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by PaigeB
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Help Me!
Replies: 10
Views: 69

Re: Help Me!

I go to at least ONE a week - my Homegroup. A place where I do my service work and trust others to hold me accountable and mostly to meet with any new comers that come by. Other than that I have at least one other one I go to... sometimes 3 or 4 a week. It depends on if I want to or need to go for s...
by PaigeB
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: First Time
Replies: 8
Views: 45

Re: First Time

Hi, How did you start ? Meetings ? Message board (like me?). How did you get the courage to go to your first meeting ? Did you admit to yourself weeks before the meeting or hours ? Did you not admit and turn up anyway, came to the realisation at the meeting ? Is the smart advice just to stop, or is...
by PaigeB
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Help Me!
Replies: 10
Views: 69

Re: Help Me!

Thanks for the replies, it helps to read this stuff I’m going to “brave” a meeting tomorrow, obviously worried I’ll bump into people I know although at the very first meeting I went to this wasn’t an issue so I’ve no need to think it will the case this time!! Wish me luck and I’ll come back after w...
by PaigeB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: New Sponsee
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: New Sponsee

I met with a new sponsee yesterday. I suspect this sponsee has dementia/Alzheimer’s. Any advice on how I proceed? Also know that some people might be beyond our help. Ask your HP and yourself "How can I be of service to this person?" It might not mean they will remember you were reading on Step 3. ...
by PaigeB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: "What is the Role of Sponsorship?"
Replies: 23
Views: 6960

Re: "What is the Role of Sponsorship?"

Is it required that I do step 5 with my sponsor. I've begun doing this step with my therapist. The step does not say that it has to be your sponsor. My therapist said I was "being too hard on myself" and I felt forced to stop telling him. He also wanted to place blame on others like my domestic abu...
by PaigeB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Visiting Family in a Small Town
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Visiting Family in a Small Town

Good Morning, I’m Sarah. I’m going on 5 months sober and I work a pretty strong AA program that includes frequent meetings, stepwork, accountability to a sponsor, and a tight fellowship of women who I communicate with throughout the day. .... If you want to get sober but don’t want to be miserable ...
by PaigeB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Service
Topic: E-AA Group Service Positions.
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: E-AA Group Service Positions.

I hope that Readers will consider helping out online - it is a fun and pretty easy service commitment!!
by PaigeB
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Surrender & hand it over. I'm struggling
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Surrender & hand it over. I'm struggling

Yet again I am going through difficult patch ... I am having the thought of what the hell I may as well drink. I don't have the desire to drink but the way I am struggling at the moment it seems like the only reprieve from this dread feeling... I have this constant thought loop going round & round....
by PaigeB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Afraid
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Afraid

Hello, I just want to say that I am scared to go to my first meeting. It terrifies me. I have no idea what to expect. Will it be big or small? Would prefer big to alleviate pressure and blend in. Afraid also I’ll see someone I know. Will they know I’m new? Etc etc Oh and welcome to e-aa... keep com...
by PaigeB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Afraid
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Afraid

I called the hotline and arranged to meet up with another person (same gender) so that I would get answers to those questions right before the meeting. In fact, I got this gal's number and called her a few times before I was ready for a meeting. If you chose to walk right in, just tell the person ne...
by PaigeB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: A simpler way to view the serenity prayer
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: A simpler way to view the serenity prayer

BrianG wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:37 am
As a newcomer to AA your summary really makes sense to me! I have always been the problem, but couldn't (or wouldn't!) see it.
Welcome Brian!
by PaigeB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Difficult when it’s all around you
Replies: 9
Views: 117

Re: Difficult when it’s all around you

:lol: That'll shut 'em up! :lol: :lol: :lol: Please do not encourage my old Survival Skills!! :evil: :twisted: :evil: "We have ceased fighting" still doesn't sit well with me sometimes. Thank Goodness for this program! FYI - I actually have a published Grapevine article in October 2016 called Cease...
by PaigeB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Difficult when it’s all around you
Replies: 9
Views: 117

Re: Difficult when it’s all around you

Acquaintance: Can I get you a beer?
Me: No thanks.
Acquaintance: You sure?
Me: Yes. I am allergic.
Acquaintance: What like you breakout or something?
Me: Yeah ~ I breakout in handcuffs!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by PaigeB
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: new here
Replies: 17
Views: 13901

Re: new here

TWO important moments - Step 1, page 30 of the Big Book. We learned that we had to FULLY CONCEDE to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. And page 84 - Step 11 Love and tolerance is our code. And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone even alcohol . Fo...
by PaigeB
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Sober Student Here - Want to help with my research?
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Sober Student Here - Want to help with my research?

https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources Please follow the links to a meeting near you and see if anyone would be willing to sit for an interview. I am sober, which is why I chose this topic to research, so I very much understand the need to protect the anonymity of anyone that participates ...