From the July 2013 magazine.

July 2013: Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde

A correctional officer who attended meetings for work, one day returns for himself

Half concealed behind a post, I sat staring at the ground during the AA meeting, embarrassed that a young man I once knew might see me there. As a youth he had been incarcerated for a serious crime. I had been a staff member at the local youth correctional facility and he was under my authority. Now he was an adult, staying sober. And I was the new guy.

My first introduction to AA had been in juvenile hall years earlier. I was a correctional officer attending the meeting as part of my job. Little did I know that a few years later I’d be going to meetings with some of these very...

-- Robert N.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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