From the May 1978 magazine.

A Cheerful Neurasthenic

All the marvels of medical science failed, so he to came to AA and became

THEY SAY in the AA program that everyone has a bottom and that in order to become serene, one must also have a spiritual awakening. I got the two together in a package deal the day that I decided to see a specialist for my "nerves." The good doctor was a recommendation from a barroom acquaintance, given to me over a highball thirty minutes before the last call. I figured it was worth a try. My buddy wasn't shaking nearly as badly as he had been, and that was worth something when you were in the market for a cure to an undefined problem.

"How long has it been since you've had alcohol in your system?" the doctor asked.

-- Anonymous

Lincoln, Nebraska

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