From the August 2013 magazine.

August 2013: My New Best friend

A recovery counselor learns to set healthy boundaries

TRADITION EIGHT: Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

I started working in mental health and recovery services before I got sober. Since I worked with people who had “worse problems” than I did, I never viewed my drinking as an issue. When I finally recognized how far down I had gotten, I came into AA. I wasn’t entirely convinced that I belonged here or wanted the AA way of life, and I became a “two-Stepper.” I had admitted I was powerless over alcohol (Step One) and immediately began helping others (Step Twelve). But I wasn’t too concerned with the rest of the program.

-- Megan G.

Prospect, Ohio

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