From the April 2012 magazine.

April 2012: Meeting at Shivaji Market

She gave back to a city that took her under its wing

After years of knowing I was alcoholic and my life was unmanageable, I finally became desperate and hopeless enough to land up in the rooms of AA. Sitting in those early meetings, I latched on to the Second Step—came to believe a power greater than myself would restore me to sanity. The “God business” was an issue for me; the Second Step hit me with the reality that I needed to find a palpable connection with a Higher Power in order to recover with any sort of peace. The Serenity Prayer became my lifeline once I left a meeting and went about my day. It was what got me through the...

-- Deborah D.

Montclair, New Jersey