From the July 2011 magazine.

A Mother and Her Son

After getting sober herself, she learnt that she was powerless over the alcoholism of others

It has been twenty years since I went to my first AA meeting, and I have not had to have a drink since. When I got sober, I was a single mother with four small children. I drank everyday, neglected and abused my children, and felt trapped in my life. I went to my first meeting because I had a moment of clarity, standing on the side of the road, handcuffed one more time: It was the drinking.

I was hopeless and filled with anger and despair, knowing there was no way out for me. By going to meetings, I opened up my heart to God. I was changing and staying sober. I remember a moment early in sobriety when I was sitting in a meeting. I had a vision of myself as a chocolate bar melting in the sun.

-- Connie S.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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