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Interesting, as it was when I lived in a "Winter Wonderland" (Munising, MI with 201" of snow my first year there) that my drinking really increased. Today my answer would be to move to a warmer place, or less snowy at least.

As to an earlier question, I was introduced to a "sponsor" at my first meeting. The secretary of the group also took my name and phone number on a 3x5 card along with 8 other names. (That secretary and another man in the group became more my sponsors that the original person.) Both led by "example" with regular attendance at meetings, so I followed those examples. We became good friends with both (the second man had 24 years sobriety when I arrived, and died a few years ago with 52 years) and the "secretary" died just a couple years ago with about 35 years. Both were always there to talk about any problems I had or questions, but did not "push" me. Just a few days ago a sponsee of mine (84 years old) was indicating how he appreciated my approach. My point being that finding a sponsor who fits your "need" is important in my opinion. I was not ready when I arrived to have someone "tell me" what to do beyond just come back. I didn't have to promise anyone that I would do anything which helped me stay around until I was convinced that "not drinking" was the best choice for me. I did not need to "lose more" to prove I had a problem.

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