By Christopher Cavanaugh

What does a codependent say to his mate whilst he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting

Throughout the realm this present day, greater than million alcoholics and millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their dependancy, having chanced on a brand new lifestyles via practising the 12-step application of restoration constructed by way of Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a method of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not bear in mind my first assembly, yet i have been advised that I talked for a truly lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous

AA to Z is the 1st booklet to record the richness and variety of the lives of getting better humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this detailed lifestyle. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is made from real-life tales of...

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The beauty and the peace of the night sky gave Audrey a sense of peace. She saw herself in the reflection on the window and recognized for the first time that she was not the woman of grace and beauty she pictured herself to be. She saw that she was just a drunk. Audrey heard her son crying and praying to God to help him because he couldn’t take care of her anymore. At that moment she knew she’d hit bottom and needed help. Cooper P. From Oklahoma A member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Sober 8 years Cooper had tried beer as a young teen but didn’t really take to it.

In just three years his life has completely changed. , and at least once a day he thanks God for the fellowship. Jim C. From Iowa A member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous Sober 20 years, practicing OA for 10 years Jim’s problems began as a sex addict in his teen years. If he were around certain women, alone, they would end up having sex. To control those urges as a married man, Jim turned to alcohol and food. The weight he carried protected him from his uncontrollable sexual urges.

I remembered everything the next morning—the look on Janice’s face, that physical abuse, everyone looking at us and me feeling they were thinking, How can Janice be with this guy? A. meeting. My mother asked me if I had a desire to stop drinking. I said yes, even though I still wasn’t sure. I knew I was out of control. So I went to some meetings. About six weeks later, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go with him on a trip down south. A. said that I shouldn’t, but I did anyway. I said I’d be all right, I was only going for about ten days.

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