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April 2022

Read our latest edition of Roundabout Magazine April 2022


I came to AA via an email to the main helpline email address. This may seem against everything this issue is aimed at being about, but I don’t think I am the only one too scared to dial! The email I received in reply was really helpful, but also encouraged me to call the local number for AA and find out about my local meeting. I did call the helpline eventually as I needed to know how to get into the building for the meeting I wanted to go to and a lovely local lady called me back and I’m pleased to say we are still friends today. I called her a few times before I actually met her in person at another meeting and she was always friendly and went out of her way to give me the information I needed. This is my experience of AA, - it is always there 24/7 and because we have all been in that situation of making that first phone call we show empathy and want to help.

When I first came to AA I was overwhelmed by the fact that people remembered my name and that they offered their phone numbers – more importantly they reached out straight away to see how I was in my first week and continued to do so. What I struggled with, as do many, was picking up the phone and ‘dialling out’ to AA – phones work both ways. I didn’t think people would want to hear from me, they wouldn’t be interested or they might be busy – that typical “I don’t want to bother you...” Someone kindly told me to remember that it wasn’t all about me and maybe the person I was calling would like a chat too. I would not need to say much if I didn’t want to. That was good advice, it removed the barrier of not wanting to bother people and ‘pick up the phone’. I could start a conversation with “How are you?” and just see where it took us. But, the main thing that helped remove the barriers and awkwardness was people dropping me a text during the week to see how I was or pass on words of encouragement and this made the thought of a phone call far less daunting.

I hope you enjoy this latest issue. Thank you to everyone who has submitted articles recently because without your stories our magazine would not be possible

Editor, roundabout@aamail.org

1 Preamble
2 Sub-Committee Noticeboard
3 Editorial
4 The Life-Saving Phone Call
5 It’s For You
6 Phonecalls That Saved My Life
7 Do It Anyway
8 Roundabout Yearbook 2021
9 The Phone And Me - Not A Love Affair!
10 I Should Have Asked For Help
i Conventions And Gatherings
ii Group Amendments And New Groups
iii Groups Closed Down
iv AA Bookshop Order Form
13 The Roundabout Interview
17 AA GB 75th
18 Scottish National Convention
19 2022 Themes
20 Literature Extracts
22 Grapevine Article
25 Subscribe To Roundabout

Roundabout April Cover

Do it anyway

I am not one to phone people just for the sake of it.

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Phone calls that saved my life

I contacted AA by phoning the Helpline because for the first time in my life I couldn't make it in to work because I'd been drinking during the night

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