Hello Elliot, welcome to the site.
You're in the Sobriety Capital of the World!
L.A. is where I got sober... on my second trip, also. That was on 11/14/1986... and, I too, figured out where I went wrong on my first trip in. I went to too many meetings....
Seriously. What I mean by that is: When I first came to AA, I saw two groups of people in recovery. The first group went to a lot of meetings and relied on the wonderful AA support found in meetings... and, they stayed sober. The second group mumbled something about the 12 Steps and God, and stuff like that... and, they stayed sober, also.
I wasn't about to have anything to do with God... already tried that routine before sobriety. And, for me... the 12 Steps were dumb. I had tried God, confession, restitution, and amends... before sobriety... and that landed me in a ton of trouble.
Then, I noticed... some people like me. They were way cool. They weren't just low-life alcoholics... they called themselves "alcoholic-addicts" ... and they went to a lot of meetings, too.
As different as I was and as cool as I was, I became one of the alcoholic-addicts... because it was important to me to let others know I was different... I was special. Different. Unique. I even tried out Narcotics Anonymous, figuring... "well I qualify for that, too" because I did a bunch of drugs... and I used drugs to control my drinking and my drinking to control my drugs...
Well. I landed in one of the first NA meetings ever started... and their were a bunch of thumpers in there that didn't like me. You see, I identified there as an "alcoholic-addict" and they slammed me with... "either you're a dope fien or not... did you slam heroin?" (They didn't sound too friendly). And, no... I didn't "slam heroin"... so they ran me out and told me to go back to AA that I wasn't a real addict.
Hmmm. Screw those guys! I'll just go back to AA, and still be the cool "alcoholic addict" and go to a bunch of those meetings.
I was coming up on six months sober... and was going to three meetings a day.... and about 12 hours after I left a huge meeting where I was the Lead person, and had got a lot of attention... I started drinking and didn't even realize that I was drinking. With each drink I would announce that "Hey, I'm a sober member of AA and I don't drink."
(I just now realized... that "alcoholic-addict" wasn't important to me after I was drinking again." )
I drank for two weeks and then realized "hey... Hmmm. I'm not sober now! I better go back to AA and get sober again... but, I'm too special to admit that I was drinking... so, I'll try to hide it).
I tried, and tried and tried and tried and tried.... meeting after meeting after meeting after meeting... and couldn't get sober again.
That convinced me... that I didn't just have a drinking problem, even though I was a problem drinker and a hard drinker... I was a real alcoholic, and now that I couldn't get sober again... even with AA and a bunch of meetings... I was screwed.
I had a moment of clarity... and then realized, there was a THIRD group in AA... they were alcoholics that went to a lot of meetings... but, couldn't stay sober.... and couldn't stay sober either, no matter how many meetings they went to. And, that was the group that I was in.
Best regards, and keep coming back! Hopefully, you'll not be in the third group that I was in... and going to too many meetings was not your problem, or you might have to try the Steps and the God routine... like I had to do.
Maybe there is a fourth group... those that go to a lot of meetings, then stop going to meetings and then they end up drunk. I've noticed a bunch of them. I wish I could have fit in that group. Then, just going back to a lot of meetings and not stopping the meetings would have been all that I had to do.
Hang in there!