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Owl 040 Steve

Steve came to AA on crutches, having jumped out of a moving car in a blackout. His first sponsor was assigned to him. He started drinking and using drugs at 11. He yelled at God, cursing him and then got a call from an AA member needing jumper cables. He went all-in after his first meeting and started helping newcomers at 2 weeks. He has a beautiful 12th-Step story about taking the train from work. Steve's home group is Serendipity in High Point, NC. His sobriety date is 01APR1989.


Owl 039 Molly

Molly just completed another 4th Step and is meeting one of her sponsors to do a 5th Step right after recording this episode. A DUI in 2002 led her to getting sober 2 months later. Years before getting sober, she had a boyfriend in AA and, by living the AA program, he showed her what a sober life in AA can be like. A musician, Molly regained access to her talent at about 2 years sober and now is "performing behind enemy lines" frequently. Step 3 and the St. Francis prayer are very present...


Owl 038 Buddy

Buddy was in and out of AA for 6 years prior to getting sober. His alcoholic drinking started in his late 20s. Religion prevented earlier drinking. Drinking saved his life. A major health issue threatened his life and he quit drinking but with no program, he resumed. Ultimately, a DUI led to his coming to AA. He didn't know anyone who drank like him; in AA, he heard a guy who did. Making amends to his first wife was a big moment in his recovery. Buddy got sober on 10NOV2008 and his home...


Owl 037 Viki

Viki started drinking at 14 and was a round-the-clock drinker the last year and a half of her drinking. Being unemployed gave her time to drink like that. Her daughter left during her drinking and didn't accept Viki's amends; 8 years later, she did. Viki grew up in church and taught Sunday school. Step 2 seemed to have nothing to offer - she thought she had a relationship with a higher power but didn't. Step 2 started her looking at her relationship with her higher power and helped her...


Owl 030 Doug

Doug needed to take a class to allow him to get his license back. He was arrested between making the appointment for it and going to it. Hearing AA members, he related and wanted to get sober. He wondered who he would be without his character defects. He found it surprising to be at business events an no one cared that he wasn't drinking. Doug's sobriety date is April 30, 2006. Having recently returned to Greensboro, he's shopping for a home group.


Owl 029 Blair

Blair got sober on November 7, 1994, in Binghamton, NY, after being homeless, living in a car, and losing many jobs. He was in and out of jail for misdemeanors and faced a felony DWI charge. He went to rehab and began his journey into recovery. Court-ordered, he went to AA. Dry for a period, he saw AA members modeling what life could be like and it was attractive. He lived over a bar before and during his early sobriety - sold drugs in sobriety, too. He felt he was living a double-life...


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 026 Carol

Don and Carol knew each other before recovery. She used to steal Don's beer stash at parties! Her job had free alcohol at national events and a member of management who was in Al-Anon asked her if she had a drinking problem - if she'd like to find out. After a DUI and an adventure getting out of jail, her husband showed her how much she'd hurt him. That was when she had a moment of clarity. Carol's home group is Open Channel in Greensboro, NC. She's been sober since December 11, 1992.


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 024 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 022 Surgery Special

In this episode, we discuss our recent experiences with surgeries and major medical treatment. Blair joins us for his first time at the Boiled Owl and Doug (from episode 17) returns. Our conversation includes using and quitting pain meds, reminders of what it was like when we were drinking, support of friends in AA, and our experiences of moving through the challenges of these significant events.


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 Group 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.