From the April 2011 magazine.

Story Archive: Many Enter A.A. Unsponsored

In these days of rapid growth and broader public enlightenment, a fair proportion of newcomers enter Alcoholics Anonymous unsponsored. This is especially true of the large cities, where a member is often lucky to know the man sitting next to him, let alone some suffering cave-dweller two miles and 900,000 people away.

And, of course, a sponsor is not necessary. A man is as much and as good a member of A.A. who weaves his lonely way into his first meeting, admitting only that he has an alcoholic problem, as his neighbor who is endorsed and shepherded by three group chairmen and the man who passes the plate.

-- J.W.

New York, New York

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