From the February 2018 magazine.

Trouble ahead

Her morning prayer was to stay sober. Who knew it would be answered with flashing lights?

I got my two-month sobriety chip at a meeting this week. It meant a lot to me and I felt very grateful. I put it in my pocket at the meeting and chuckled to myself that it was a hell of a lot better having a chip in my pocket, than having one on my shoulder. What a relief to be sober and working the program of AA again. My life was taking a huge turn for the better.

I’d tried AA before and had given up on myself, on the program and on the idea of faith. I just couldn’t bring myself to be honest. My character defects kept taking me down. I stopped working the program my first time at Step Six, and sought a geographical cure. I moved across the country, tossed my Big Book in the dumpster and told myself that I wasn’t going to be an alcoholic anymore.

-- Trina N.

British Columbia, Canada

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