From the April 1974 magazine.

When Other People Came Alive

After years of failure, he awakened suddenly to an awareness of fellowship

RECENTLY, during one of our AA meetings, I listened to a speaker describing his spiritual awakening, and my mind took me back to the desperate struggle for what I found to be my first spiritual awakening (in AA, that is).

After having used AA for almost three years as a vehicle upon which to ride away from family problems, job problems, and all the problems connected with my drinking, I consciously decided to go back to drinking. After all, my problems were well in hand now. I had no worries about my drinking; it was the problems that had made me drink too much, and they were behind me.

-- W. B.

Monterey, California

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