From the October 1965 magazine.

A Different Kind of Inventory

Sober--but plagued by fear and depression: "How am I going to continue not drinking?

AFTER a year of sobriety in AA, I found myself with an increasing tendency to blame all my troubles, real and imaginary, on my drinking years. Actually, my troubles were few, and none of them could be traced to the days of wine and roses. I had no lingering debts, no leftover family resentments, no suspended driver's license or suspicious boss.

But I did have, after a year of sober, relatively sane living, attacks of the same faceless fears and nameless despairs that had plagued me through the latter, bitter years of booze. My periods of depression were not as long as they had once...

-- J. J.

Ann Arbor, Michigan