From the May 2018 magazine.

Nothing held back

An old-timer shares about the freedom the Steps have given him and how he gets to pass them on.

Attended my first AA meeting in 1970. I went to meetings for five weeks or so, going to three to four meetings per week, just long enough to get back in the good graces of my wife. I would stay sober for a while and then go out again, often getting too drunk to remember driving home the night before. Seeing my car outside the window the next morning with no dents, created a false sense of security in me.

This pattern continued, until one day I got into a bad accident, one that was clearly my fault. I had been in many accidents that were fender benders, but nothing like this one.

-- Steve M

Joliet, Illinois

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