From the January 2014 magazine.

January 2014: Lipstick Before the Promises

I woke up after my last night of drinking in total disgust. At 16, I was spiritually and morally bankrupt. I couldn’t believe my drinking, which was once a fun pastime, had turned into such an obsession. I went to AA only because someone in the program had planted a seed a few months earlier by saying: “It’s not how much you drink or how often you drink, it’s what happens when you drink.” I saw what happens … I lose close friends, my family’s trust, and most of all, my self-respect.

So I walked into that meeting in Ft. Lauderdale and picked up a white chip. I was...

-- Cara A.

St. Peters, Missouri