From the May 2013 magazine.

May 2013: Sunrise After Sandy

An annual AA breakfast event provides a safe harbor for a devastated New York town

In October 2004, I walked into my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, right out of a treatment center. The fear of making that first entrance was quickly dispelled by having someone I knew—the man who I had asked in rehab to sponsor me—wave me over to a seat next to him. I’ve often wondered if I could have made it into that room if that man had not been there. So I continued to go to meetings, and when spring came, I found a home group on Long Island at the Jones Beach
Sunrise Group.

The early Sunday morning meetings there on the sand beside the sea encompassed all that I had thought lost: a sunrise lighting up a coastal sky, with the music and scent of the Atlantic Ocean. After a little less than 150 days of sobriety, I became a member of the coffee-makers team there, thanks to my sponsor gently nudging me to raise my hand high to take the commitment. I couldn’t recall anything in a long time that provided such a feeling of pride and joy.

-- Richard H.

Babylon, New York

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