From the April 2014 magazine.

Dive In, the Water's Fine

A member takes the leap and shares his love of the Step that changed his life

STEP FOUR: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

When I got to AA in October 1996, I was done. I’d been working in rock bands and in New York City nightclubs for years, and now I was hiding bottles and drinking room-temperature vodka all day to manage the shakes. I couldn’t tell my closest friends, and the loneliness had gotten unbearable. By the time I made it to the rooms, I was ready to do just about anything anyone said.

I wandered in and out of meetings for a while, anonymously, which is easy to do in Manhattan. But one day, for some...

-- Danny S.