From the February 1949 magazine.

Sober But Not Happy

I'M missing something somewhere. I'm sober--but I'm not happy about it. I know I'm an alcoholic. No doubt about that. I know I have to stop and stay stopped. My intelligence tells me that A.A. is the answer. The whole thing makes sense to me and I stick pretty close. I go to meetings regularly. Almost all of the people I meet socially are A.A.s. I'm really trying, but I'm not happy.

All around me I see men like me come in, "get" the Program and begin a new life. They're changed, they're happy. But I'm not and I can't figure out why. I've talked it over with any number of members of my own group. We've used up a lot of words but I've had no answers that seem to apply.

-- J.M.

Cincinnati, Ohio

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