Homegroup: Faringdon, Friday. 19:45 – 21:15

Hi, I’m Suzanne and I’m a very grateful recovering alcoholic.  My home group is Faringdon, Friday 7.45 – 9.15 pm

My history with AA at the time of writing (May 2022) is I regularly attended AA for 8 years and did not get sober (but did nothing towards getting sober other than go to meetings).  When desperate enough I then spent the next 8 years in AA sober, doing everything, or mostly everything, that was suggested … though not necessarily perfectly!  The resulting sobriety and increasing contentment are miracles to me.   I attribute a large part of my recovery to service as it makes me get involved and therefore safely ‘in the middle of the boat’ as the saying goes – otherwise my natural tendency to be insular and socially awkward would make it easy for me to drift away.    Early days service included tea’s and coffees which I enjoyed and it made me open my mouth and mix.  I became secretary of a group at a year sober – its an honest program, I didn’t want to and didn’t always like it, as up front is not my comfort zone, but it was huge in cementing my sobriety.   GSR of my home group was next which let me to SMIG where I found myself offering to take on producing the Where to Find Cards. When I was asked to be SMIG secretary I was even less keen that I was to be the group Secretary!!!!  But, service does keep us sober and I eventually said yes and I am genuinely grateful that I did say yes.    Benefits include, once I found my feet, feeling I can make a positive contribution rather than feeling I wasn’t good enough, I enjoy the interaction with others in the fellowship that the role requires and the resulting mutual encouragement, I’m learning new social skills such as how to nag… but nicely – and I’m still sober.