From the January 2012 magazine.

February 2012: How to Fall in Love

It's simple, once you know where to look

Pull up a chair; I have a story to share with you. I was almost two years sober in AA, and I was happily married, I thought. We had a one-year-old son. One night, I came home from a meeting all smiles, and my wife flat out said, “I’m leaving you.” I said, “What?” She said, “I’m leaving you for someone else in the program.” I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t understand. We had been together since we’d been kids, and she was leaving. In five minutes, my whole world came crashing down. Just like that! I called my sponsor, and he couldn’t talk her out of it either.

The next day, I came home from work, and she was gone. The baby’s room was empty. They were gone, my world was over. What could I do? I decided to go to an AA meeting where at least I could get some help, right? Wrong. As I took my seat, in she walked with another member’s arm around her. They sat there, close together, and I saw him pat her on the behind. My wife! Needless to say, I got nothing out of that meeting (nothing but fear and resentment).

-- Bill S.

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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