Once I became sober, I began to see how wasteful my life had
been and I experienced overwhelming guilt and feelings of
regret. The programs Fourth and Fifth Steps assisted
me enormously in healing those troubling regrets. I
learned that my self centeredness and dishonesty stemmed largely
from my drinking and that I drank because I was an alcoholic.
Now I see how even my most distasteful past experiences can
turn to gold because, as a sober alcoholic, I can share them
to help my fellow alcoholics, particularly newcomers. Sober
for several years in A.A., I no longer regret the past; I
am simply grateful to be conscious of God's love and of the
help I can give to others in the Fellowship.