From the May 1973 magazine.

1st Step - Here Are Two Trains of Thought

One deals with alcohol. . .but the second opens the door to a new way of life

IT'S BEEN about seven or eight months now since I accepted membership in AA, and I finally came to understand the First Step just this afternoon, although I have heard it daily and have repeated it many times to myself.

The AA way and my way had been poles apart all my life. I did manage to maintain a five-year period of being dry, until I came to think that, because of my five years of being dry, I was cured of my drunken drinking and could again enter the world of social drinkers.

-- Gil

Queens, N.Y.

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