From the August 2012 magazine. First printed in January 2012.

August 2012: Club Grace

A newcomer dances with the night

There have been many moments of grace in the 34 years of my sobriety. Some were outstanding in their protection, guidance, and love. But none is more vivid than the first time I consciously experienced the miracle of AA within my own heart.

On New Year's Eve in 1973, I woke up in the alcoholic ward of a hospital in Washington, D.C. An angel from the AA desk had sent two people to my apartment in response to my drunken call of despair the day before. I was so far gone that I barely remember their Twelfth Step call that first day, but I do remember them coming to fetch me the next...

-- Jackie B.

Alexandria, Virgina