From the September 2012 magazine.

September 2012: Morning Never Came

A sponsor's tragic tale reveals the cunning power of alcohol

She walked into our AA meeting and sat off to the side. A couple of people nodded to her, but I had never seen her before. She had huge sunglasses on, and for a second she lifted them to rub her eyes, revealing two huge black eyes. As the meeting ended she rushed out, so I followed her and asked her what had happened. She replied, “Would you be my sponsor?”

We worked together for only a few months. We began at the beginning, even though this was her fourth time coming back from relapse. The first assignment I gave her was to ask her Higher Power each morning to keep her sober and, at night before went to sleep, to thank her HP for keeping her sober that day.

-- Rachel S.

Brooklyn, New York

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