I have been sober since the 12th of October. I went to my first AA meeting on the 21st October at 1930 until 2100. My new life of acknowledging my addiction problems has begun. I am an alcoholic and I desire to stay sober forever. I will do this with the help of the AA fellowship. Their stories were of alcoholism and how it had affected their lives. So many stories to which I could relate. So many similarities and the familiar thread of destructive drinking patterns. Some people have maintained fellowship in AA for over 30 years. It never leaves you. It is a disease. I have taken the first step. I feel connected. I feel new.