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Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:22 am
by Roxanne12
Thank you for the welcome. I thank you for allowing me to be a member and look forward to reading the articles and cure this ilness.

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:27 pm
by Niagara
Hello and welcome Roxanne :)

You're in the right place :) the links avaneesh posted are a great place to start. The 12 steps are the solution to our common problem, and they have changed my life, for the better (unexpected side effect :shock: :lol: )

Great to have you with us. I spent a lot of time in the early days reading through posts and learning what I could on here, and listening to speaker tapes also...Chris R, joe and Charlie, mark H to name a few :)

Let us know how you're doing!

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:24 pm
by Chas
Hello

My name is Chuck and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober for nineteen days and pray that I continue to do so. Great to be with others

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:34 pm
by Niagara
Hello and welcome Chuck :) Great to have you here.

How are you finding it?

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:48 pm
by Chas
Good to be here. Day 19 of being sober is hard.

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:14 pm
by avaneesh912
I have been sober for nineteen days and pray that I continue to do so. Great to be with others
Hope you are getting all the help from the oldtimers. If you have questions about the 12 steps feel free to ask.

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:16 pm
by Niagara
I remember :)

congratulations on 19 days. Have you gotten to a face to face meeting yet?

If you google AA big book online, a read of the first few chapters should give you an idea of what you're dealing with, and the solution that AA offers, namely the 12 steps. Working those steps means as long as I do what I'm supposed to, I'm not having to fight the urge to drink anymore.

I totally didn't believe that when I first came here, but it's been my experience that it absolutely works :)

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:26 pm
by Brock
Hi there Chuck and welcome. It’s a good few years ago but I do remember being new to AA myself, the meetings seemed kind of strange and these folks smiling and saying they have been sober for years, I kind of wondered what the hell they were smiling about, I stuck around and found out.

At first I resisted those steps they spoke about, looking at the scroll on the wall 1 – 12 it all looked pretty intimidating. Then I figured that just by showing up to the meetings I had pretty well admitted my problem, and since I had tried to solve it myself in the past I knew something more powerful than me was needed, and I was willing to give that a try, at that point I realized I was on board with the first three steps. Number four and five were nowhere near as difficult as they appeared on paper, and after that it was smooth sailing.

The release from the urge to drink is absolute, I really want you to understand and believe that, when you do this program and live the way it suggests; not some sort of saintly life a normal life, you will be able to look at a bottle of booze and smile, wondering how something like that was so attractive and tempting. Stick around here ask questions if you like, there are good AA folks here, best of luck to you.

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:00 pm
by Chas
Brock,

Thank you. I guess the hardest part for me has been the First Step. Look forward to future conversations!

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:33 pm
by Chas
Hello

Right now I have a temporary online sponsor. Need to continue to get the strength for a f2f.

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:32 am
by PaigeB
Meeting f2f folks is really a highlight of my day... They are my brothers & sisters, only better. They are people who think like me at deep levels where I always thought I was totally alone. I hope you get the courage soon. Let us know if you need help finding a meeting near you ~ you can PM me with your zip code and we'll get you set up!

Peace & Serenity are possible. Don't quit before the miracle!

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:52 am
by Chas
Paige,

Thank you! Going to my first party today being sober. It is at a church, so day 20 should be fine and perhaps helpful.

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:04 pm
by ezdzit247
Hi Chuck and welcome.

Congratulations on 20 days sober!

Glad you're here. Looking forward to reading more of your posts and sharing your sober journey with you. Keeping the plug in the jug and not drinking is hard for all of us in the beginning but it gets better one day at a time.

Keep coming back....

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:10 pm
by Chas
Thank you all for the welcome and advice. Here it is a Saturday night and I am home after a family gathering having nothing to drink, totally sober and feeing great. I am so grateful for my new email friends!

Re: A Newcomer Packet for You

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:08 pm
by Elizabeth90
Hi. My name is Elizabeth and I'm an alcoholic. I have participated with aa for several years, however I've relapsed. I live in a smallish town, and I'm no longer able to attend local meetings as they are somewhat limited and conflict with my career. I want to work the program again, but the only way is through the internet. Can you point me in the right direction, such as for sponsorship through this forum? I have been sober 48 hours this time. Thank you.