Material values ruled my life for many years during my active
alcoholism. I believed that all of my possessions would make
me happy, yet I still felt bankrupt after I obtained them.
When I first came into A.A., I found out about a new way of
living. As a result of learning to trust others, I began to
believe in a power greater than myself. Having faith freed
me from the bondage of self. As material gains were replaced
by the gifts of the spirit, my life became manageable. I then
chose to share my experiences with other alcoholics.