From the August 2011 magazine.

August 2011: Dear Grapevine

"I heard I should write a God wanted ad."

Not alone

I never knew I was an alcoholic until I picked up a meeting in print. I never knew there were so many people out there like me, going through the same things I do. It does seem lonely when you’re out there alone to face the facts by yourself. It was in Sept. 2010, when I picked up that first Grapevine. It was a classic edition. I couldn’t get enough. I’m a prisoner in a county jail with lots of free time on my hands.

When I started reading the Grapevine, I was somewhat confused. I couldn’t understand the Twelve Steps. I had no one to talk to...