From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: Stopped by the Cops

An encounter at the mall changes three peoples' lives forever

STEP TWELVE: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

I am a handicapped man who uses a wheelchair. I’m also an alcoholic. In March 2010, I took a public bus to the mall to see a movie. As I got off the bus to cross the street, I saw a police car waiting to make a left turn. I’ve always had a destructive hatred toward anyone in a position of authority—especially the police. The two officers in the vehicle stared at me intently, so I got very...

-- Guillermo C.

Tucson, Arizona