From the January 1959 magazine.

1st Year

IS THIS your first year in AA?

Do you get discouraged and wonder if it is worth it?

Have you had those terrible doubts that you might not be able to resist that first drink?

Let me tell you about my first year in AA. You, who might be having a rough time. Hang on, cut everything down to size--then--pray. Keep in mind that one can only do what one is capable of doing, today. We only have today; even less--just this moment.

The first year in AA was one heck of a battle for me. I hung on to my sobriety by the proverbial thread. Oh, I wanted to stay sober, that's...

-- Sharon S.

Monte Serene, California