From the January 2017 magazine.

Making it easy for others to love us

Years of AA have given him sobriety and acceptance and a life with compassion and wonder

At 19 years old, I was introduced to AA when I was indicted by a grand jury and locked in a county jail on drug charges. I had already been in jail several times because of alcohol. My last drink was some two years later, in November of 1973.

The AA community I joined frowned on the use of pills, pot and alcoholic cough syrup. I argued with them about pot. “Everyone smokes pot,” I whined.

-- Paul C.

Oceanside, California, USA

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