From the October 2013 magazine.

October 2013: 23 Days

My brother, who was in AA, took me to my first meeting on Oct. 26, 1963. I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. However, I was prepared to put AA on probation for a year before considering becoming a member. But after a short period of time, I decided to “work” the Steps and then go back to drinking. Most members know that this is virtually impossible. Practicing the principles on a daily basis removed my obsession to drink and kept resulting in another day of sobriety, whether I liked it or not.

After 23 days, my brother—and sponsor—took me on a Twelfth Step call. I wondered why we were doing this. He told me it was to help others like us to overcome their addiction to alcohol and find a new way of living. When I saw the new prospect, I thought for sure he’d never make it. After all, with 23 days in the program I felt qualified to make such an opinion. However, I kept it to myself. At that time, I had not even admitted my own powerlessness over alcohol. So in essence, I was a “One-Stepper.”

-- Don H.

Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada

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