From the March 1972 magazine.

Now I Have Muscles

A life of sobriety keeps getting better and better

IN THE BEGINNING, they told me I had a threefold disease: physical, mental, spiritual. They said that recovery would probably come about by first keeping physically dry, then doing some mental housecleaning, and finally undergoing a spiritual renewal. They also told me that things would keep getting better, and that more would be revealed to me as time went by. I now believe that everything I was told was right, for my experience in AA has pretty well coincided with the advance notices.

There have been many surprises along the way, one of which happened recently. What happened leads me to believe that I have gone full cycle and am starting all over again, maybe on a new level. I am back to the physical aspect.

-- J. H.

Los Angeles, California

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