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 Carolina tells how she came into the program as a punk rocker and found the joy of her life in AA service. A 19-year-old dives into AA with his Big Book ablazing, then learns to live the easier, softer way in “Sober So Young.” And in “Hula Girl,” a hard-drinking guy from Minneapolis wins a best-dressed contest—and a free trip to AA. The issue also features other new stories, such as “The Car Thief,” “A Thousand Angels” and “Back in the Groove.”

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