From the August 2012 magazine.

August 2012: Garden Variety Sobriety

A sponsor showed him how to get his hands dirty and learn to love AA

At the end of my drinking, the bottom I hit was both terrifying and dramatic.

The accumulated wreckage of 27 years of alcoholic drinking and all the "isms" that come with it looked insurmountable and hopeless. I had been hospitalized, detoxed, and placed in a treatment program that had brought me to our program. While AA made no demands on me, the treatment facility did, telling me I had to get a sponsor.

Being an alcoholic, the first thing I did was complicate the situation. My sponsor would have to be perfect in every way. After a long period of frustrated searching, I...

-- Don G.

Little Rock, Arkansas