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June 17th 2008

Alcoholics Anonymous In Northern New Jersey.

One might think it’s strange to mention Alcoholics Anonymous in a real estate blog, but I assure you it’s a life or death issue for some buyers and sellers and their families. Many folks would be surprised how many people look for homes based on the availability of an Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. It’s true.

Having experienced extreme alcoholism first hand, I can tell you it’s scary. Especially for a child. As a four year old, I can remember crying because my mom wandered onto the roof of our home and wouldn’t get down. I remember all the neighbors watching from their front porches. Or how about the time she lost me at Santa Anita racetrack in Los Angeles. Or the multiple times I accompanied her in the back of a police car while she was being arrested for drunk driving. I can still remember the flashing lights. Worst of all, I remember going to my mother’s apartment with my father to collect some of her personal belongings prior to her funeral. I remember sitting with my dad in front of her closet — just touching the clothes — trying to bring her back to life. Sobbing.

Mom and me.

My Mom was a great person, she tried to get sober but lost the battle to a disease she just couldn’t conquer. I only wish she had lived long enough to meet my my boy. He would of put a smile on her face.

On a happier note, my Dad has been sober for over 20 years, and wouldn’t think of going a day without attending an AA meeting. Just one of many success stories.

Here are some locations and times for local AA meetings.

Local Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings.

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2 Comments on “Alcoholics Anonymous In Northern New Jersey.”

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Jesse,
Thanks for sharing this information. There are many that will find it helpful!

Shannon Aronson

June 22nd, 2008, 10:49 pm  
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Laura Cannon said,

–a brave entry on your blog! Thank you! This is an important story to tell. I, too, have worked with buyers who have stressed the importance of an AA community in their criteria. And, of course, I am sure I’ve worked with buyers who also had that criteria, but who didn’t disclose it. It is an important topic. :)

June 23rd, 2008, 2:55 pm  

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