From the March 2014 magazine.

March 2014: Three strikes, you’re in!

He thought his differences would not let him stay, but Tradition Three said no way

TRADITION THREE: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

When I came to AA at age 21 I had to overcome not one, not two, but three obstacles that made getting sober more challenging than it needed to be. The first hurdle was that I was too young. There were nothing but older folks in my first few meetings, leaving me feeling alone and very different. The average age in the room was more than double mine.

Second was that I was gay. I knew I had to be the only gay person in AA for sure. Everyone was talking about his or her spouse, while...

-- Jack B.

Oakland, New Jersey