From the March 2011 magazine.

The Waves

She came to see that there was something more powerful than her

The “God thing” kept me away from AA for the first two and a half years of my sobriety. I knew nothing about AA, but thought that it was a cult and a religious organization that insisted on believing in God. And I didn’t believe in God.

I thought that quitting drinking would protect me from the challenges of life. It didn’t, and at two and a half years sober, I reached a point in my life where the only options I could see were either killing myself or drinking. And I couldn’t figure out which was the better solution. A very kind and knowledgeable professional that I was seeing suggested AA. She didn’t tell me I had to, or I must, she simply said, “You might think about checking it out.” I was desperate, so I did.

-- Callie S.

Seattle, Washington

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