From the July 2012 magazine.

July 2012: Stars, Not Bars

Thirty-three years ago, AA gave him a new way to dream

Having “Hate” tattooed on my fingers said a lot about how I felt about myself and others. However, people in AA loved me before I could slowly crawl out of my fearful self-hatred and start loving myself. In my ongoing process of change, I no longer call myself, or others, bad names. Behind bars you wish, fantasize, dream, and hope for a better past and a better future. Yet Steps Eight and Nine suggest letting go of the messy stuff of the past by making amends. True freedom comes about as a result of forgiving and releasing the past and the distorted views caused by drinking. Patti, an...

-- Perry G.

Delmar, Delaware