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This year, ARU Board has worked on having this weekend represented by folks from all different recovery programs, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Heather Al-Anon Austin
The most important thing Al-Anon has taught me is that you can love someone and not like their behavior; I get to love them and hate the disease.


Lisa Mac AA Houston

34 years sober

I am an addict and it took me awhile to stay. The repeated consequences of being an addict kept guiding me to Alcoholics Anonymous. Finally found the secret, I found my lifelong friends. That’s the silver lining that keeps showing up if you do!


Victoria H CODA/AA New Braunfels


Victoria lives with her wife and 4 fur children. She began her journey in Codependency Recovery, which led her to discover that she was also an addict/alcoholic in need of sobriety. She has since been working AA and CoDA in tandem and contributes her joy and serenity to her hard work in both programs.


Eric CMA/AA Austin

Being in recovery and identifying as a member of AA and CMA have made one thing very clear to me; I am proud to be an alcoholic and a crystal meth addict.   Understanding the nature of my disease has made me a better person in every facet of my life.  That being said, I know I am not perfect, which helps me remain teachable and humble
one day at a time.

Gary AA Austin


I got sober in Alcoholics Anonymous but qualify for a multitude of 12-step programs and participate in CMA as well. Over the years, my journey has taught me to be engaged in my program and that often encompasses service work inside and outside of AA. I’ve also learned that conferences such as the Austin Roundup play a significant role in my recovery. Embracing the principles of AA has taught me how to be a devoted son, brother, uncle, friend, and co-worker. This program has given me a life I could have never imagined!

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