From the October 2013 magazine.

October 2013: My Parachute

How the Living Sober book helped this day counter make a safe, sober landing

In that dark void between desperate surrender and a newfound sense of belonging, my parachute to safety in AA was a skinny yellow paperback called Living Sober. They could have easily named it Stop Freaking Out, You Can Do This Thing, because that’s exactly what it allowed me to do. I read Living Sober in bed, on the bus, at work, in line at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office and often while eating meals. I laughed out loud when Chapter 18, “Easy Does It,” asked if by chance I was reading nonstop and rushing from one page to the next.

The book immediately helped alleviate my intense restlessness and the sense that something inside me was about to burst. For those days of continual discomfort, there were chapters called “Being Good to Yourself,” “Getting Active,” and my personal favorite, “Eating or Drinking Something—Usually, Sweet.” For the first few months in sobriety, I carried a

-- Anonymous

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