From the February 2011 magazine.

February 2011: The worst meeting ever

There was a reason he was stuck in this room full of odor and noise

Just a little over a year ago, I met a man who was living in a treatment center. He was allowed to go to outside meetings after 30 days, and was rather enjoying himself at a very social AA conference. He told me he was quite happy to be living in that facility because he’d been living in the streets for over two years. I could tell he wasn’t really that familiar with AA, but he had that newcomer drive and excitement.

Over the next couple of months, I kept running into him at all the district and area meetings. He had gotten truly involved and was in the middle of AA. He told me there were many other people at his treatment center and most of them would never know what AA is really like.

-- Anonymous

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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