“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”
My name is Danielle and I am an alcoholic. That is the most powerful thing I will be writing tonight in this issue. It took me a long time to concede to my inner most self that I was an alcoholic. When I tried working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous the first, second, and third time, I was always anxious to get steps one, two, and three over with so I could move on to the juicy steps. Yes, I’m an alcoholic… yes, I have a God…NEXT! I didn’t really believe that I was doomed to an alcoholic death without the spiritual solution you nice people had in Alcoholics Anonymous. I wasn’t truly surrendered and ready to go to any lengths. I wasn’t ready to be honest with myself and others about having no physical control over my drinking. It wasn’t until August 13th, 2012 that I was ready to do something different.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."