Overheard at Meetings


Here are some of the things we’ve all heard at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in District 43

 

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A friend of mine told me, years before getting sober, “You think that you need alcohol.  But you don’t.”  I never forgot it, but I never remembered it either until coming to AA.

Overheard at the Men's Meeting 03/05/2016

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At my first meeting a woman came up to me afterwords and said to me, “There is only one thing you have to remember from your first meeting, and that is this: You don’t ever have to take a drink again if you don’t want to.”

Overheard at Young Hope 03/05/2016

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I just want to live. And for me that means I gotta eat, sleep and breathe AA. I have to be in with both feet, or it doesn’t work for me. I tried the other way.

Overhead at The Gratitude Meeting 03/10/2016

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This is how it reads. How it works is up to you.

(Reads “How It Works“)

Overheard at Happy Hour Promises 03/05/2016

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I had been coming to AA (drunk) for a couple of months, and talking to a therapist about why my life wasn’t going so well.  I mentioned that I was drinking, and he said, “So you’re still playing with it?”  For several days that phrase hung in my mind.  I was still playing.  Playing a game that I was losing–  a rigged game that wasn’t fair.  Why play a game like that?  So I quit playing with drinking and started taking AA seriously.

Overheard at The Men's Meeting 03/10/2016

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Of all the people I know who have stayed sober, they all do these three things–  Go to meetings, have a sponsor, and work all 12 steps.

Overheard at Came to Believe 03/05/2016

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I am an alcoholic, but I don’t have to drink today, and that is a choice I got from the 12 steps.

Overheard at Happy Hour Promises Meeting 03/05/2016

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AA is not a very good place to learn theology…but it’s a great place to get inspired.

Overheard at Came to Believe 03/05/2016

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When I got to AA, the people in my life were through with me.  My girlfriend said “Don’t come back.”  My employer said “Don’t come back.”  My landlord said “Don’t come back.”  And then I walked into an AA meeting and all of you said, “Keep coming back.”

Overheard at Young Hope 03/05/2016

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In recovery, life can be as bad as I make it…or as good as I let it be.

Overheard at Bellefonte 12 Step 03/05/2016

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What I learned through all my years of being a super slipper is that every bottom has a trap door, and I kept falling deeper and deeper.

Overheard at Monday Night Winners 08/29/2016

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Admitting I was powerless over alcohol was the single most empowering thing I have ever done.

Overheard at Sober Sundays 03/05/2016

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I came to an AA meeting on my first day out of prison.  The lady next to me held a baby who reached over and wrapped it’s whole hand around my finger. It had been years since I saw a child…touched a tree…pet a dog.  I’m not usually an emotional person but I may have shed a tear that day when I asked for help.

Overheard at Friday Night Teachables 03/05/2016