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I can't go on anymore! Many of us have experienced that moment of desperation when life had become so mind-numbingly awful. But what to do? We needed alcohol to cope with our mad heads, crazy life and overwhelming emotions yet the alcohol was driving us mad. That was how this gibbering wreck turned up at his first meeting with six other blokes. The meeting started. I had no idea what was going on. But by the end I did know that these people in AA did not drink. A strange concept for my fogged mind. There was also something about that meeting that I felt but did not understand, like a strength, a power. "Keep coming back" they said. They talked about drinking, about the fact that I could stop and stay stopped but I would need some help which AA could give me. But it had to be my decision to stop, my own choice.

If you are a newcomer to our Fellowship or on your way back in then welcome. If you have a desire to stop drinking you are in, you are a member of our club, welcome. AA can help you to stop drinking and to stay stopped. But it all starts with that First Step, admitting we are beaten, we have had enough, and we give up. We are powerless over this alcohol. We have lost the fight and we found out that fighting alcohol does not work because alcohol wins every time.

But when we admit that we are powerless over alcohol then life changes. This January edition has articles written about our First Step. We hope you will find it helpful and that reading them helps to keep you going each day as you start on your sober journey with us. Welcome!



A Year into Recovery

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Gratitude and Altered Attitudes

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Step One

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My Friends in AA

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