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Monthly articles on recovery and fellowship written by members of A.A. in San Francisco and Marin.


October 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. When I first came to A.A., I was pretty desperate, and wanted to get out of my life. I’d been drinking steadily at my Tenderloin apartment and been kicked out of my third marriage with no friends or anyone else that cared. I had a bottle of sleeping pills ready if A.A. … Continue reading Bruce’s Story: Atheists Can Recover Here

October 1, 2019 by The Point
by Stephen R. Truly a child of the 1010 Valencia Fellowship, I went to my first A.A. meeting just a week after 1364 Valencia relocated there. There was a four-day around-the-clock Alcothon. I served on the relocation committee to move to 2900 24th Street in 1999, following a midweek 10 p.m. meeting. It continues there … Continue reading Drama and Autonomy at 1010 Valencia

October 1, 2019 by The Point
by Jillian E. One of the principles I learned in A.A. is to do more service when I am feeling shaky. The Big Book says, “Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail” (p. 89). When I was going … Continue reading Why I Chose Teleservice

October 1, 2019 by The Point
by Kathleen C. My husband asked me once, “How many women do you sponsor? Isn’t it a big burden?”  I laughed and told him, “Honey, you don’t understand. This is a team effort. It takes a lot of sober women to keep me sober!” My own sponsor, Bonnie, didn’t have a rigid format for working … Continue reading Sponsorship & Service

October 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. It had been so long Since their faces together                                                   He had seen – Bewilderment · As the sunshine                                                                   Of the Spirit                                                                            Had dimmed – Despair · Try as he might                                                                      Their visages he                                                                   Could not banish – Frustration · They were coming                                                                He first sensed them                                                            He next saw them, again … Continue reading I Shall Be Released

October 1, 2019 by The Point
by Carla H. The following is just my opinion. I don’t speak for Alcoholics Anonymous. But as a member, I was interested to discover recently that some of the first people who tried to help alcoholics (versus condemning us as moral degenerates to asylums or prisons forever) were English organizations in the mid-17th century. No … Continue reading The Milk of Paradise

October 1, 2019 by The Point
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October 1, 2019 by The Point
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