From the November 2012 magazine.

November 2012: The Dry Years

After a relapse on pain meds, an alcoholic comes out of the desert

Many peoplesober in AA don’t want to talk about relapse. I never cared to talk about it because, after all, I hadn’t relapsed, unless you call that brush with cough medicine at three months sober a relapse (I did change my sobriety date). I especially didn’t want the topic to come up if newcomers were in the room. I never wanted to give the impression that relapse had to be a part of recovery. I was taught early on that I didn’t have to worry about relapse if I was doing what the AA program required. The word was seldom used or discussed in our home group unless some poor...

-- Sally H.

Tucson, Arizona