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...