From the February 2009 magazine.

When My Sponsor Drank

Those we place on pedestals sometimes fall

Like many lessons in sobriety, placing people in AA on pedestals is something that I did not understand the full implications of initially. I had been putting recovering alcoholics on pedestals since before I even got to AA. My dad, for example, had been sober twelve years before I made it to the rooms, and based on his horrendous battle with booze before AA, I was sure he was a walking miracle.

My own sobriety began a number of years later, after many physical, emotional, spiritual, and legal problems with alcohol. At that point, it was suggested I get a sponsor who had been through the Steps and lived a life that I myself wanted to live. I found somebody who seemed to fit that bill, and we soon began a daily dialogue that led to him guiding me through each of the Twelve Steps.

-- David J.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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