From the October 1994 magazine.

Your Move

Around the Tables

Responses from young readers on the topic of singleness of purpose

My name is Allen and I am an alcoholic. I came into AA when I was fifteen years old.

I had no purpose in life until I came into AA. At first I couldn't understand anything about the Steps, Traditions, or Big Book except the phrase I heard at meetings: "Keep coming back, it works."

Of course I had to keep coming back, otherwise I would have eventually died out there. I didn't want to go on like I was, but I was afraid to try something different.

After going back out twice at the start of...

-- Allen O.

Houston, Texas