From the September 1997 magazine.

When One Alcoholic. . .

He was standing at the front of the room behind a wooden podium. He led off his story with "I've lost a lot of money: some mine, some other people's. I've lost cars: some mine, some other people's. And I've lost wives: some mine, and some--other people's." I knew right away I liked this guy.

I'd been sober about six weeks when I walked into that AA meeting and heard Jake speaking. One of the many fears I had then was that the fun was over. I couldn't imagine how I was going to fill my time. Then Jake and I were introduced to each other, and my fear of glum, empty days quickly vanished.

-- Bruce V.

Annapolis, Maryland

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