Recovering alcoholics from the regions surrounding Cornwall, Canada converged there on Saturday, sharing stories of sobriety and encouragement in the battle against addiction. According to The Cornwall Standard Freeholder, the second annual spring Alcoholics Anonymous conference ran all day, with several guest speakers and an evening banquet. The event was sponsored by Cornwall's AA chapter, but visitors came from all over the region.
The theme of the conference was "courage to change." One speaker from Montreal detailed her story of turning to alcohol after her second child died from crib death, and she began following in her alcoholic father's footsteps. She said, "It is more about acceptance than anything for me. When I was growing up I said I'm never going to be like that. But, I turned out exactly like that." She began using alcohol to cope with her daughter's death, and then also later with her husband's abandonment. She said, "It was all I wanted to do. It was the only way to deal with the emotional pain I was feeling."
A co-worker convinced her to attend an AA meeting. She was still in denial at that point. One night while she was up late taking care of a sick child following a night of drinking, she realized she needed to change. She finally went to that AA meeting, and she has been involved ever since. She also said, "It's important to know that AA is not for people that need it. It's for people that want it."
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