I approach my 8th anniversary in GA, August 25, 2000, it was. I had joined a group earlier in my city, but there was too much infighting in it, and I thought recovery was just attending a few meetings. This worked from Nov., 1994-March, 1996, but when I quit going to meetings, I relapsed. 4 years later, I found a group in New Orleans (not my residence), and this works very well. Recovery for me has been following the discipline of attending 2 meetings a month, and listening to those in recovery and being thankful that I stayed out of jail and didn't commit suicide. It's also fun to brag about how long it has been since I gambled; no one cares unless they're in this, too, and all I can say is that I DON'T get tempted to gamble, EVER, and with regular attendance at GA, don't believe I'll ever gamble again. I don't want to ruin all the clean time, and it's nice to brag that I have NOT gambled at all in the 21st century!
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