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"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

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On behalf of the Legacy Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, I would like to welcome you. If you are like most of us, you didn't come because you really wanted to - you were compelled because you needed to, had to, or maybe even were required to. Whatever the reason, the point is, you are here and we are glad you came because we think this is perhaps the most important decision you will make in your life. We have no rules, no fees, and no real structure. The only requirement for membership is a desire to not drink today. We do this deal one day at a time. If we don't drink today, we won't drink again, because it is always going to be today.

It's hard to explain how this deal works because a lot of us can't really put it in words. I can just tell you that my way never worked, and this way does. I showed up like you. with little hope that I could do anything about this problem that had existed for almost three decades.What I found was a bunch of folks like me that had tried every way imaginable to beat the rap and failed. They finally threw in the towel and said, "I can't". They surrendered. The booze, the pills, the addiction had won. A decision had to be made to try a different battle on a different battleground. I listened and I heard others that had been where I had been. They had done what I had done. They had the same horrible thoughts and habits and shortcomings that I had. Yet, I thought, "look at 'em. They are happy, they are laughing, they are experiencing life after their addiction and they seem to be enjoying it". There was hope. We hope you will continue to come. We hope you will try us until the magic begins to work for you. We can guarantee that this journey will be better than the one you have just completed, and we can assure you that we do understand.

Jim B


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