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From the April 2011 magazine.

Story Archive: The Young One

A teen AA finds that age doesn't matter when all are alcoholics

Young One

A teen AA finds that age doesn't matter when all are alcoholics

"Since my first meeting, I have felt the sense of camaraderie that the Big Book describes. I was blessed to walk into a welcoming group. My parents walked me up to the church and kind folks on the entrance steps told them, “We’ll take her from here. The meeting ends at 9. You can pick her up shortly after that.” A man named Charlie handed me my first Big Book and guided me into the beginner’s meeting. At my second meeting, Sarah extended her hand and pronounced herself my sponsor. I felt welcome.

I walked into these halls at 14, which means my first three years as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous were without a driver’s license. I joined an older group—its core membership being a group of men and women 20 or 30 years my senior with long-term sobriety. The women of my home group joked about being soccer moms, calling one another to figure out, “Who’s got Danna?”

-- Danna F.

Waltham, Massachusetts

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