From the February 2018 magazine.

A million miles away

After years of drinking and searching for faith, AA helped him break free and find his place in the world

I’ve always believed in God. When I was young, my family went to church regularly and I served as an acolyte. But I lost interest in church at age 17. In fact, I was no longer able to get on my knees and pray during services.

It was also about this time that my parents were splitting up and that my binge drinking began. The night before I went away to college, I passed out drunk in the parking lot behind a restaurant that served underage drinkers.

-- Rick C.

Boonsboro, Maryland, USA

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