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


June 1, 2019 by The Point
44th Annual Western Roundup Living Sober Conference by Maggie R. Hi, I’m Maggie, and I’m an alcoholic. I just celebrated six months of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. I work with a sponsor, I work the steps, I make the coffee at my home group, I say the Third Step Prayer every morning, and I try … Continue reading You Are Welcome Here

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Lynn D. Alcoholics Anonymous was born out of the spirit of service—one alcoholic talking to another. Ebby T., an old drinking buddy of Bill W., visited Bill in his Brooklyn apartment one day in November 1934. Newly sober, Ebby told how he was getting “honest about himself and his defects, how to make restitution … Continue reading Born out of Service

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bree L. My first drug of choice was my thumb. I was a thumb-sucker until the fourth grade. “I always needed something to take the edge off.” I had my first drink at about age 13 at a wrap-up party for the opera Il La Toreador. There was a big anvil scene where the … Continue reading Jackie B.’s Story

June 1, 2019 by The Point
By Rick R. Sometimes the wording used in the Big Book and in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions means something different based on how we evolved with respect to religion, agnosticism, atheism and other concepts. This may be confusing to many of us—especially Step Six in the 12 and 12, as it talks of … Continue reading Step Six: Sometimes You Eat the Bear …

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Chris B. When I was barely 90 days sober, I used to go to coffee with old timers and newcomers after the Saturday Night Owl meeting. The meeting started at 10:00 PM and often went until after midnight at the El Cajon Alano Club on Washington Street. In those days the slogans were plastered … Continue reading Night Owls

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by Bruce B. Our Biarritz A.A. Convention has been fortunate to feature A.A. speakers with long-time sobriety—since its inception, the average length of sobriety for speakers has been 40 years. Participants come from all over the Anglophone world with enthusiastic support from the USA and the British Isles. An excuse to visit France and share … Continue reading Biarritz A.A. Convention: Resort of the Kings

June 1, 2019 by The Point

June 1, 2019 by The Point
by John W. Something had to change if I was going to get sober. After making that admission and finally becoming willing to look at change for me, the screen of alcoholic denial having finally been fatally pierced, my miracle occurred. That obsession was lifted and I haven’t had a drink since. That dreadful, horrible, … Continue reading Entirely Ready

June 1, 2019 by The Point

June 1, 2019 by The Point

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