From the December 2015 magazine.

The Big Three!

She was excited to get her 30 days, but how was she ever going to face the upcoming holiday season?

On October 14, 1987, I fell to my knees in my pigpen and said, “God help me.” I had never said it before with such desperation. Around 4:00 a.m., I called AA’s hotline. Two women came to my home and told me about alcoholism and let me know that God does love me. Oh, how I needed to hear that.

After I had cleaned myself up and slept a bit, the women took me to my first meeting at 10:00 a.m. at a treatment/mental ward facility. It was a small meeting with just them and about nine patients. The patients were dressed in cotton pajamas and wore robes without belts. When I heard “How It Works” read for the first time, I immediately knew it was the truth. The patients began to talk and again I heard more truth. They told me I was sick, but that I was going to get well. They told me I was in the right place, doing the right thing. But I was saying to myself, What’s wrong with this picture? They’re locked up in here, and they are telling me that I’m going to be OK! It was the truth that was getting to me. I was no different than they were.

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