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June 2021

Welcome to our June edition of SHARE, our meeting between meetings. SHARE has helped in my sobriety journey.

Dear Reader

Welcome to our June edition of SHARE, our meeting between meetings. SHARE has helped in my sobriety journey. An article read while sitting in my garden or late at night in bed and always so easy to slip into my bag when travelling. Having that bit of AA next to me reminds me of my sobriety, the need to continue working the Steps and to stay in touch with our Fellowship. There used to be a famous cigarette advert, “You are never alone with a S…….” Well for me, I am never alone if I have a copy of SHARE with me.

This month we have struggled with finding enough articles to fill our beloved SHARE. These are the lifeblood of this magazine so here is a SHOUT OUT from our SHARE Team, our three Readers, Assistant Editor, Editor and our Board Trustee. We need your Experience, Strength and Hope to fill SHARE about living a sober life and recovering from a life of hell. I find that not having many articles is a little like going to an AA meeting and no one wants to share.

June features a prison theme. We have two prison articles and our thanks to those contributors, but we would love to have featured more on this topic. We know that there are many with our illness of alcoholism in prison. Many prison AA meetings have been suspended because of Covid. But AA operates a Prison Postal Sponsor scheme where prisoners can write to an AA Sponsor via a post box at General Service Office. If you would like a Prison Postal Sponsor or to be one then please write to:

Alcoholics Anonymous, PO Box 1, 10 Toft Green, York. YO1 7NJ or Email aainformation@gsogb.org.uk

(Please see Prison Postal Sponsor Guidelines published in this issue)

Life Beckons

I am a prisoner who received a life sentence some years ago, and I'm coming towards my parole date.

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Our Spiritual University

WHEN I arrived in AA, over twenty-five years ago, full of self-pity, fear, depressed and again suicidal, I had no idea how AA worked, that it is a spiritual Programme of recovery, of action, based on Steps, sponsorship and service.

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Plug In & Switch On

My name is F and I am most definitely a bog-standard alcoholic, nothing that special or different about me now.

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Prisons

TWENTY years ago, I was asked if I would do a share at Swansea prison so why not? The old timers always told me to carry the message.

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