January 2014: Back in the Groove
A man at a mountain retreat helps a songwriter change his tune—just in time
I was sober for 16 years—about as long as my drinking career—and thanks to AA, I had maintained my sobriety through many of life’s challenges: divorce, bankruptcy, illnesses, surgeries, a major career change, even the death of my music partner. Sobriety had been very good to me. I had a successful career, a loving romantic relationship, good relations with my children and other family members, excellent health, and the recognition and respect of my peers. I was the president of a 400-member songwriting association, a trusted leader within my religious community, and heavily involved...