From the January 2013 magazine.

January 2013: Sober at 12

I got sober when I was 12. My sobriety date is July 8, 2009. I know you’re probably thinking, What is a 12-year-old doing in AA? Well, I was getting into a lot of trouble with the law and doing drugs, drinking alcohol and disrespecting my family. I started when I was 8 years old. When I turned 12, my mom sent me to a rehab, where I stayed for a year and seven months. It was really hard for me, at first, to not be able to see my family. But the sponsor I had at the time helped me go through it all.

I’ve always had problems with sponsorship. I’ve changed sponsors about five...

-- Axel M.

Milpitas, California

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