Tough Love Changing Lives in Hollywood North

I came into SA in 1987 in Los Angeles.  I attended meetings, went to international conferences, had three sponsors in succession, made as many as four phone calls every day and followed directions from those three sponsors.  I was never sober for the first six years.  People ask what changed.  In 1993 there was a confluence of several factors.  I was broken, I had no job and drove a car that was so battered that people couldn’t agree on what...

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The Melbourne Experience: Strong Meetings Need Committed Members

There is no doubt that if every SA meeting was conducted along the lines as prescribed in our White Book (185-187), our fellowship would have thousands of strong meetings globally and many, many thousands of members with strong recovery. However, the starting point is to ask, what is the purpose of meetings in 12 Step fellowships? I think there are three answers to this question: (1) Not only to get our secrets into the open – but also...

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The Chicago Experience of Building a Culture of Sobriety

Hi Mike, thanks for your time today in sharing your experience, strength and hope.  Could we begin by asking your sobriety date and home group? Yes, June 3, 1984 and the Holy Innocent group in Chicago.  For a long time previously it was at St Teresa.  We have been on Zoom for about a year now; when we were face to face, attendance was around 55-60 and we meet for 90 minutes. Can you briefly describe what life was like before SA ? In my teens I...

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He Came to Believe and Found a Life of Unlimited Service and Fulfilling Relationships

My name is Bill, and I am a recovered sexaholic. My sobriety date is September 4, 1993, and for that I am never sufficiently grateful. When I arrived in SA, I was hopeless and suicidally depressed from over 35 years of untreated addiction. I had my first drink of beer when I was 4 years old and was drinking for effect by the time I was 7. I recall that during this period I was fantasizing about a different life. I was born into a family riddled...

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Inmate sponsor B.

Dear New Brother,  The first thing I want you to know is that I will honor your anonymity; I will not use your name nor give you mine. At a large Saturday morning meeting of our 12-step program your sponsor read your First Step letter. It resonated with me, and I want to give back to the fellowship by writing my share to you.  In early July 2020 I was granted an early release from a low level Federal prison where I spent four years of a...

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