From the February 2018 magazine.

Peace on the inside

As the hospital helps him with his mental illness, the AA meetings give him hope until one day he can get out

I found peace in an unlikely place when I was committed to a mental hospital at the age of 28. While I was there, I was told by one of the staff that I should go to an AA meeting they held there, due to the fact that all I talked about was how badly I needed a drink. So I went.

Growing up, I drank in excess right from the start. It became normal for me to get falling-down drunk and make a fool of myself. I would go out one night and get into trouble and then I’d drink for the next few days to cover up my feelings of guilt and shame.

-- Travis K.

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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