From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: Tired of AA

After 20 years of recovery, he let go of the gift that saved his life

I came to Alcoholics Anonymous to stay in 1986. I went to meetings, did service, followed suggestions, got a sponsor, worked the Steps. I went on old-fashioned Twelfth-Step calls, and I sponsored people. My entire life changed. For the first time in over a decade I was able to live without a drink or a drug for a full day, then a week, then months, then years.

Slowly but surely I was transformed by the people in AA. I became a good husband. The woman who had kicked me out of her life let me back in. We were married and have remained happily so for almost a quarter of a century. I...

-- Adam N.

Santa Cruz, California