From the December 2018 magazine.

Room 202

At six months sober, he joined his sponsor on a Twelfth Step call that neither will soon forget

At six months sober, going on a Twelfth Step call seemed exciting. My sponsor Terry drove us to the motel where a fellow named Dan was staying, right next to Interstate Highway 880. At a couple of meetings, Terry had been talking to Dan, who was in pretty rough shape and now had disappeared from those meetings. Terry knew Dan was not on the so-called “up elevator” and he wanted to give it one more try. 

We knew this was not your usual roadside motel when a man stopped us at the driveway entrance and searched underneath the car with a flashlight taped to a metal rod. He looked us over with a look that said, “What the hell are you two doing at this place?” Then he pointed us in the direction of Dan’s room.

-- Harry M.

Oakland, California

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