From the May 2014 magazine.

Pop that Top!

With her sponsor’s help, she opened her past and let it all spew out

As a newcomer, I was frightened at the thought that I was going to have to spill my guts to strangers who told me I was “as sick as my secrets.” I also heard that I couldn’t stay sober unless I did what was called a Fifth Step—asap.

It didn’t seem to register with people who had gotten through that terrible ordeal themselves that I was more than afraid to share my story. So I white-knuckled it for three whole years because I just couldn’t trust people or trust the process. I don’t know how I stayed sober that long. I couldn’t see that people around me were getting...

-- Becky G.,

Greater Levittown, Pennsylvania