From the July 1964 magazine.

. . .a Glimpse of a World I Didn't Know existed.

"Emerging from the loneliness of alcoholism at High Watch Farm in Kent, Connecticut, I had no idea at all of the scope of the AA fellowship. I found strength in sharing the experience of the AA staff and the other 'guests,' but I was afraid of what would happen when I left the protection of High Watch and returned to the outside. Without drink and my old barroom buddies, life looked pretty bleak.

"Then one day I leafed through some old Grapevines that were on the table in the parlor. The personal stories, the articles, the cartoons and even the letters provided an insight into a whole world I didn't know existed. I saw that AA was nationwide and even worldwide. I sensed the camaraderie and common bond that showed through the pages. I realized that AA was indeed a way of life shared by thousands of lively, vital people--not the dreary succession of grubby meetings I had pictured.

-- Bob P.

Greenwich, Connecticut

This is a preview. To view the full article, use the link below to begin a free 7-day trial!

Subscribe