From the August 2012 magazine.

August 2012: Honeymoon

His love affair with early sobriety sent his wife screaming from the house

Anybody who grabs the program and makes it past the end of the physical hassles—the shock when your liver finally realizes it's got a new shot at life and starts functioning normally again, when your digestive system starts to see food again, real food, and not that strange chemical that kept putting it out of whack—anybody who makes it that far enters what many repaired drunks ("recovered" sounds so medical) call the AA honeymoon. It's that wonderful period, lasting from 90 days on up, when life is so damn fine, when everything works so … so right, somehow, that it's hard to believe...

-- G.P.

Elbert, Colorado