In 1994, I wanted to kill myself. I had been drinking about 28 years. I had lost a job I had held for 14 years and a 20-year-relationship with my first wife. I had progressed from drinking on weekends to drinking every night, and I had gone from mostly beer to straight whiskey.

At 12&12, I went through treatment and Men’s Halfway. I still had a lot of anger and threw little fits on a regular basis, so I agreed I would not get mad and leave. I would give myself 24 hours to cool off and think about it before making any decisions. That kept me at 12&12 several times when I was frustrated and felt like giving up.

I stayed for 15 months. Like I told the group when I received my one-year medallion, ‘No one is more surprised than I am!’ My goal when I got to 12&12 was to get my 90-day chip. Now, I’ve been sober more than 21 years! I feel like 12&12 saved my life. It was a slow process, but the person that walked in 12&12 and the person that walked out are as different as day and night.

– Bill B.

In a 12-step meeting, someone suggested that because I am a veteran, I might be able to get help for treatment through the VA. Within two days, I was admitted for in-patient treatment at 12&12.

The dedicated staff of 12&12 is absolutely amazing, and the help provided by them is transformative, if you are willing to accept it. They gave me so many useful tools to use in my recovery. Actually, I call them WEAPONS of recovery, because I am fighting a war and those amazing people have helped arm me for battle. They gave me a whole arsenal to work with, and I find that I use various weapons taught at 12&12 on a daily basis.

I am very pleased to say that my sobriety date is March 8, 2010. Today, I lead a full and happy life.

– Laura J.

I started drinking when I was 15, and an older cousin gave me my first beer. In my early 20s, I started having problems. I got a DUI, didn’t go to court and was arrested for failure to appear. This was the first of four DUIs in three states.

In 2006, I ended up in Tulsa. I was 43, broke without a phone and no one to call for help. During a police encounter, they told me they were going to take me to jail or someplace to get some help. I chose help.

The accountability of 12&12 was something I desperately needed. I needed the counseling, the three meals and the comradery of the guys on the unit. I graduated from treatment at 12&12 on Jan. 2, 2008 after 28 days. 

Today, as a result of the healing power of the steps, good sponsorship, a power greater than myself and a home group, I haven’t found it necessary to take a drink of alcohol since Nov. 15, 2007.

– Daryl B.