Coming to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous was, for me, a process of emptying. Getting rid of old ideas, old behaviors and old ways of thinking and being. It meant starting over, or being “reborn.” Once the idea of “newness” was suggested, I realized that I had to let go of my old ways, ways that no longer worked for me. I became willing – my disease had brought me to a place of desperation and misery – and I wanted out, and I was willing to do whatever it would take to accomplish this. I believe that I was able to grasp the Program because of my willingness to open my mind and my heart to a way of living I had not experienced before. I came to understand the need for the spiritual, not just the material aspects of life.