From the January 2014 magazine.

January 2014: Letter from the Editor

When alcoholics come into AA in their teens, 20s and 30s, getting sober can be tough. For some, drinking used to mean fun and good times. Will sober life be boring and glum? On the contrary. “Your imagination will be fired,” says the Big Book. “The most satisfactory years of your life lie ahead.” In this month’s special section, we feature stories by members who found AA early.

A young man from Europe goes on an exciting spree of making friends at young peoples’ conferences in the story “4 Continents, 1 Great Summer.” In “Transformed,” a past delegate from North...