From the September 2008 magazine.

9TH STEP RIDE

A biker calculates the price of peace

In early sobriety an old-timer whom I admired once said to me, "Scotty, one day you're gonna have to do these Steps for real!"

That day came at five years of sobriety. At that time I seemed to be getting sicker. It wasn't really that my habits had changed. It was that my head had, and I couldn't stand the way I was anymore. It's been said that while many people make it to five years of sobriety, the numbers drop off significantly after that. This statistic made me nervous. I tried more meetings, but that didn't seem to work. Something had to give.

-- Scotty K.

Lake Arrowhead, California

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