From the January 1971 magazine.

. . .and an answer One of many responses to J. M.'s letter

A letter from J. M. As published in the August 1970 Grapevine

Second-year depressions

From Las Vegas, Nev.:

Recently, it was my first AA birthday. My sponsor saw to it that I had full recognition. There were gifts, cakes, meetings, speeches, and congratulations all around by everyone. This one-year thing meant a great deal to me. I was elated! It was a milestone, a really great experience, after so many hopeless years of drinking.

This is where it all seemed to start--just when everything was at its best. First, the walls started to close in....