From the February 2010 magazine.


This year I celebrated 16 years sober, for which I am forever grateful to AA. Sixteen years since the last time I was in handcuffs is definitely something to celebrate. I often look back to how I ended up in meetings and wonder how easily it could have all gone anther way. I believe that my Higher Power navigated this for me, as my brain was a muddled mess when I arrived.

I did have a brief brush with AA after one of my arrests. That was followed by eight months of sobriety, getting a job, a girlfriend and an apartment--and then I got drunk. Somehow I had missed the part about how I couldn't do this alone. I've come to think that sobriety without a Higher Power is like nails on the chalkboard--extremely painful.

-- BILL M.

Park City, Utah

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