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    spud: I can echo what Betty & Sunshine said. I too was really, really scared to go into my first meetings. I didn't identify as an alcoholic...though I am one. I just said my name is Mary. I didn't share for a very long time either. As far as anonymity is concerned: I have seen many people I've known from the community walk in the doors of AA. I know when they see me, they say: "Wow! I didn't know Mary was an alcoholic!" I've said that a few times to myself as well. I'm a retired teacher, & I've seen students at meetings. It's a little disconcerting, but I tell myself that I'm getting well & sober, & there's nothing to be ashamed about. The shame for me was while I was drinking: the lying, deceit, betrayal, etc. Now, I'm trying to live the way I'm supposed to.

    One word of warning: there will be talk of God or a Higher Power. You will eventually hit on your own conception of this. It's a process we've all had to go through...actually I still struggle w/it at times. All you have to do is listen & see if AA is for you. You don't have to understand everything by the end of your first meeting. Try to go to 6 meetings before you make any kind of decision. There's a saying in AA (actually there are a lot of sayings): "You might not get AA right away, but eventually AA will get you."

    Please let us know how it goes should you decide to go. I didn't want to join AA though now I couldn't be happier that I did. I just finally discovered that I couldn't stop drinking on my own. I needed face-to-face contact w/other alcoholics. Good luck.

    Mary

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    Spud: Should you decide not to go to AA now, that is not a problem. Don't feel as if that's a requirement for this thread. Or, you may go to AA & not feel you fit in. That's entirely up to you. However, keep an open mind & give it a chance. As I said above, I could not get sober on my own or even w/MWO (which I love). I needed AA...& still do. M

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    I am enjoying this thread. I have attended AA meetings and have enjoyed them. I need to get back into going.

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    Mama B: I couldn't manage to stay sober wo/AA. I'm so glad that I've made it a part of my life. I'm sure if you went back to your old meetings, they would all welcome you back. That's the beauty of AA. Please feel free to share here. I don't get around this forum the way I used to. Mary

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    whatever the decision you will take in this regard is ultimately going to affect/effect you so thing over it carefully twice before taking any initiative

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    hey peeps! hope everyone is enjoying the time of year! I have been eating too much shortbread, but I really don't care, at least im not drinking!

    this si my second sober Christmas and I am so grateful for that fact...I shudder to think of all the years I was drunk, unbeknownst to my family, and not really present, or the years that I was grumpy and annoyed at not knowing when I could get those drinks in me, so I could stop being such a bitchy person! the peace in my heart is something I wish for everyone here at mwo. there is help. there are people who understand you, and there is more to life than the misery that alcoholism brings! it used to be fun, but when it stops being fun and you are just living for that next drink, its time to reach out and help yourself...life is short, be there for it!

    all the best to everyone on this thread, your words always sound familiar, and I am glad that we have this little fellowship here on mwo!

    happy holidays and happy new year!

    remember , there are "alcothons" that happen during the holidays. they are 24 hour a day meetings that are there for people who struggle during the holidays...call your local AA hotline to find out where they are!

    peace!

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    BG: You said it so well. I too am having a wonderful, alcohol-free Christmas. My husb won't drink, & my son is a recovering person, so I'm not alone. I got 4 bottles of sparkling juices in different flavors. Our grandsons think it's so cool that Grandma gets those & enjoys them. We too have many, many meetings for those who are having a hard time. Merry Christmas everyone who celebrates it. Take care one & all. Mary

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    Everyone: I thought I'd bump this thread up to the top in hopes that someone sees it. We've got our son staying w/us...his girlfriend gave him a tic home for Christmas. He just went off snowboarding w/his sister/BIL/& 2 nephews for a day of fun in the cold. It's been nice having him, as he's been sober for quite a few years. No tension, no worries.

    I'm doing well. I'm planning on a meeting tonight. I missed one yesterday, as my son is using my car to get around. I'm feeling fine regarding alcohol. Every day is another sober day which reinforces my sober lifestyle. I love that.

    I hope all is well. Mary

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    awesome mary!

    isn't it cool to not have that constant urge to find a minute to sneak a drink (or 3)? I feel free this year, more so than last year because I have more than a year behind me now. I don't feel complacent, just less obsessed and at peace with my sober life. I love that I rarely think of drinking, and if I do, I acknowledge it and move on. just because I have thoughts of drinking, doesn't mean I have to drink. it always goes away after a bit...always.

    enjoy your time with your son! that's great that he's sober too

    peace

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    I couldn't be more grateful for my sobriety. I feel it most at the holiday time. Tonight's meeting was really well attended. People know when meetings will help a lot. Mary

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