From the May 2001 magazine.

A daily reprieve

Reprinted from the July 1994 Grapevine

Can we accumulate sobriety? Can we store up time in our sobriety banks against emotional recessions or depressions down the road? Does long-term sobriety automatically make for good sobriety? What makes for good sobriety, independent of length of time in the program?

These and other questions have been badgering me now for three long years. It has been just three years since I was carried out of my house on a stretcher by the local rescue squad in an alcoholic coma--this after almost sixteen years of continuous sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. I'd been attending meetings regularly, sponsoring many people, starting meetings, speaking at anniversaries, staying very active, off-and-on working in the drug and alcohol field, getting divorced, remarrying a person in AA, reconstituting a family, etc. In short, I was living life on life's terms (more or less) while staying sober one day at a time. What happened?

-- Philip T.

New Hope, Pennsylvania

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