From the February 2018 magazine.

23 precious years

After alcoholism takes her son, she finds comfort and acceptance in the first three Steps

My life completely changed when I entered AA over 26 years ago. I stopped drinking and stopped the insanity, pain and self-loathing that went with it. I replaced my old way of life with one filled with new attitudes.

Suddenly, I felt I deserved to be happy, free and fulfilled. I started doing the next right thing. I went to meetings. I felt grateful and hopeful and began to believe in a power greater than myself, which later became a belief in a loving, all-knowing God.

-- Joan O.

Marietta, Georgia, USA

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