PERSONAL STORY: It’s Different This Time

VOR DifferentMy name is Jodi A. My life was very hard. My childhood was hard. My mom left when I was 2 months old. My father left not long after. So I lived with my grandparents. My grandpop died when I was 5 years old. My grandmom was in her late 50s. So, needless to say, I got away with everything that I did. My dad owned a bar. I had my first drink at 8 years old; and I went full force from there. I forgot from aged 3 to 12. I was sexually molested by my uncle.

I am 50 years old now and I have 5 years clean. But, it wasn’t the first time I was in the program. But, for me, I know I don’t have another run in me. When I first came into recovery, it was because I had to So, that was my first relapse. The second time I came back, I lasted 5 years. But, I did no work. I had a sponsor but did not use her. This time I came back in I got a new sponsor, I started doing step-work, took suggestions from my sponsor. My first year, I walked into the meeting and asked who was speaking, my sponsor said you are. I thought I’d die. I was so upset. But, I got through it. For the first time, I hung out with women and I started telling them a little at a time about me. I found out that I could trust them. I met a great man and married him, which I swore that I would never do that again.

I go to meetings, I have sponsees, and I do service work,. We have a good life. We started out with a bed, a crate, a TV, and a chair. But people in AA helped us out. My life is good.  And at anytime, someone needs help, my husband and I do our best to help out. I am very grateful for my God, AA, my AA friends and family.

– Jodi A.

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