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Owl 028 Steve

Steve came to AA in 1999, but "the fuck-its" would always send him out; justified anger got in the way of recovery. The part in the Big Book about the actor trying to direct the show really spoke to him. Fourth Step work continues to help him see how he's in conflict with things. Becoming a sponsor was a pivotal moment in his recovery. Steve's sobriety date is 18DEC2007 and his home group is Bethel in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 027 Shandale

Shandale started going to AA at age 24 in 2009. She hid her drinking from her husband and suffered the misery of a secret/double life. She didn't care if she died. During a hospitalization in 2009, she had a moment of clarity but continued drinking. Shandale's sobriety date is 04DEC2012. Her home group is The Way Out in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 025 Pierce

Pierce has a drawer of start/surrender chips. A blackout drinker since high school, he was surrounded by alcoholics and that made his drinking seem normal. His wife got sober - he still drank, but not at home. He had a spiritual experience where "God just snuck in and said hi!" Pierce's sobriety date is 02SEP1992 and his home groups are Starmount and Magnolia Street in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 24 Rita

Rita got sober in Chicago on April 18, 2000. She was a secret drinker who had alcohol hidden around the house. Steps 3 and 5 were pivotal for her. Rita's home group is Open Channel in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 023 Hank

Hank got sober in Hilton Head, SC, after 42 geographical cure attempts. He saw change/opportunity as it was happening and, when the US Marshals showed up, he was ready. He surrendered and began his recovery in jail with only a photocopy of chapter 5 from our Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Hank's home group is the No Name Group that meets daily at 12:15PM at the YANA Club in Hilton Head, SC.


Owl 021 Michelle

Michelle first came to AA with her drug-dealing boyfriend when she was 18. At age 23, she came to AA for herself. Drugs were easier to get while under 21. By 22, she'd quit them and was only drinking alcohol. She was on the verge of losing her dream job. One weekend of drinking checked off all the rest of the lines she couldn't let herself cross. Michelle's sobriety date is 16FEB2001 and her home group is Emerywood in High Point, NC.


Owl 020 Tom

As Tom's alcoholism progressed, his emotional darkness grew. A blackout drinker, he would lose count after 2 drinks. Living in spiritual misery, he heard that still, small voice: "You don't have to live like this anymore." He needed it to end one way or another. Fortunately, he knew about AA by way of his father. Tom started his AA journey via online meetings and then went to local meetings. Tom's home group is Summit Fellowship Men's group in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 019 Nicole

Nicole is 10 years sober, having gotten sober at 26. Her first meeting was at age 16. At the end of her drinking, when alcohol stopped working, she might consume two fifths of liquor or get trashed off two beers. She came to a point where she'd rather die than drink. Her son was removed from her during her drinking. She has a daughter who was born in her sobriety. This episode was recorded in July 2017. When published in December 2017, Nicole gave us a wonderful update: "And btw- my son...


Owl 018 Charles

Charles got sober at 26 and is 2.5 years sober. He sought therapy first, thinking it was depression and that 8 or 9 drinks a night was normal. Fear drove him to AA - "How will tonight end up?" Laughter was a big attraction of AAs for him. Charles' home group is The Way Out in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 017 Doug

Doug got sober in 1980 via treatment in the Navy. He was a blackout drinker from his first drink and he started drinking at 15. Being career military, he still suffered from what so many of we alcoholics do: "Don't tell me what to do!" Doug's spiritual awakening was of the educational variety. Doug's home group is Summit Fellowship Men's group in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 016 Wayne

Wayne got sober in Panama City, FL, on August 23, 1977. He picked up his first desire chip in December 1969 and then got drunk. In those early days, Wayne was stuck on Step 1 for a long time. Today, he still practices the 10th Step every day. Wayne has helped many people find sobriety through the program of AA. Wayne is currently without a home group. He resides in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 015 Alex

Alex started at 18 and got sober at 21. She tried every way to get sober. During detox, she hallucinated, seeing shadow people. She smashed furniture and mirrors. She had a major moment of serendipity at 1.5 years sober. Alex's home group is The Way Out in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 014 Wilson

Wilson got sober at 17 after 7 years of drinking and using. He went to various schools during his using. He went into a recovery program and, upon completing it, found AA was where he got the experience, strength, and hope he needs. Now he's over 4 years sober and living a life that's getting bigger and bigger. Wilson's is active in two home groups: The Way Out and Young People, both in Greensboro, NC. He directed us: "Put in a note that I'm single."


Owl 012 Randy

Randy was in and out of AA for 3 years. In his years of drinking and drug use, he had memories and thoughts, but couldn't put them together - confusion. In a blackout, we was injured in a fight. Desperation drove him to AA. When sober 8 years, he closed his business and moved from Palm Springs, CA, to Durham, NC, where he's returned to school for personal growth. Randy’s sobriety date is May 29, 2002. Randy's home group is Common Solution in Durham, NC.


Owl 011 Chris

Chris joins us for another boiling of an owl! Drunktionary... Started drinking at 12. Blackout drunk. Sober since 1985. Chris' home group is Summit Fellowship Men's group in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 009 Tammy

Tammy stayed drunk all day as a single mom, losing her house and job. She experienced long blackouts. She was a daily drinker who started at 16 and quit in her late 30s. She shares about her powerlessness and making amends. Tammy is married to an AA member. Her home group is the Bethel group in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 008 Jimmy

First sober in 1997 and then again in 2008, Jimmy tells of his first period of long-term recovery, relapse, and return to long-term recovery. He hid his relapse well until he had to ask for help. Prescription medication treatment for anxiety led him to ask why he should keep going to meetings. Eventually, he drank. Jimmy's home group is Free Spirit in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 007 Nathan

Alaska to Connecticut to North Carolina, Nathan, a priest, shares what it was like and how he got sober. Nathan's home group is The Way Out in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 006 Ches

Ches went to lots of meetings when he started and experienced a notable change early on. He also speaks of cleaning up financial wreckage and his favorite prayer. Ches' home group is The Way Out in Greensboro, NC.


Owl 004 Willie

Sober 40 years and all of them in Greensboro, NC, Willie not only has lots of experience, strength, and hope, but he also knows lots of local AA history. Willie's home group is the Summit Fellowship Men's Group in Greensboro, NC.


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