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Subject: Re: i need help Date: 7/11/2001 7:44 PM
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wesking,
Welcome. Look in your phone book for the phone number of your local AA central office. If there is no listing, please post again. When you contact AA locally ask if they can send you information on the 12 steps.

Admitting you have a problem controlling your drinking is only the beginning. But it is the most important part. The first word in the 1st step is We. I've heard it said in meetings (and I believe it) that means we can't do it on our own.

Please get to a meeting as soon as you possibly can. I agree with the previous post that suggested going to 90 meetings in 90 days. It can seem like a tough commitment but compared to a lifetime it is small. My experience has been that if you bring the body the mind will follow. Just showing up at meetings and introducing yourself to people will make a big difference.

I don't know where you live. Different parts of the coutry seem to structure the meetings a little differently, but they all have the twelve steps and twelve traditions (previously referred to in a post as 12X12)in common. They could be discussion meetings or speaker (lead meetings). If you hear the term a "closed" meeting it usually means the meeting is for people in the program. Open meetings means anyone can attend.

You will probably hear references to God and Higher Power (or HP some people use). Try not to let that dissuade you. Higher Power is your own concept of God, just as long as you can admit that you aren't in control of the world! These things will all come to you the longer you go to meetings. You will meet friendly helpful people whose only motive is to stay sober and to help others stay sober.

Please post again and let us know how you are doing.
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