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.

-- Don G.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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