From the January 2017 magazine.

Liquid misery

After a friend’s tragic relapse, he recalls his own journey with Step One

As I sat in a meeting recently, I learned of another friend’s death during a relapse. I thought of the other AA members I knew who had died after relapsing. My memories of them were still fresh in my mind. I had talked and shared with them. Some of them I had known for years.

One member used to walk to meetings and pick up trash. He was down-to-earth and wanted to help keep his town clean. Another had been in and out of the program for 19 years. Like me, a lot of friends around the tables still missed him.

-- Jeff H.

Sturgeon, Missouri

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