Hi OKlady8. It is nice to see your post and to hear you are still attending meetings. Congratulations as you approach your 42nd year sober. I too appreciate hearing people state how they continue to hear people who "get back" to meetings what has happened to them. Most that I hear sharing are about the troubles that occurred which might or might not have caused them to return to drinking. I am sure that I could soon forget just how serious drinking had become for me, how I wished to "end it all" and for a solution. How lucky I was to find people who were kind and compassionate who would share what worked for them. I fortunately was not "forced" to attend AA, and was "shocked" to find that I "qualified" without losing "everything yet." I had kept my job, my wife, my home and many things but saw that I was on my way to losing all of them one way or another.It is truly a pleasure to participate on a regular basis in my group. It is a small group, one of about 30 meetings a week in a small community. As a small meeting, each of us gets to participate in almost every meeting to share our experience on a specific subject. This coming Friday it will be on the subject of "Paradoxes" from the "Daily Reflections" book because I am "chairing" again. This last week we had a visitor who needed help maintaining his short sobriety while traveling on a 10 day trip in a car with "family." What a help both for him with his need and for a refresher for the rest of us with our relationships with others.I recently read the article in Newsweek with some comments on some of the newer treatment centers. Interesting how the "business of treatment" is becoming very expensive. I think I am happy for anyone who makes it to sobriety, but I am sure happy for the people who helped me without charge out of their willingness to limiting the suffering of fellow alcoholics. I made 34 years this last December and hope for many more.Gapfan
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