From the August 2013 magazine.

August 2013: Two Garbage Trucks in the Night

Sober dating doesn't always have to be messy

Immediately upon entering AA, I was told by members that new people don’t date for their first year, because they really have no idea yet how sick they are. I was in a home group in New York’s East Village, and it was filled with beautiful women. Some looked to me like they’d just come out of an after-hours club. I was like a lost dog looking for its owner. I soon discovered that their suggestion saved me—and others—a lot of misery.

At the end of my first year sober, when I did my Fourth and Fifth Steps, I discovered that I craved women. I used them like a drug and an...

-- Josh H.

New York, New York