From the May 2010 magazine.

JUST FRIENDS

When boy meets girl on AA campus, sometimes it works

One of the many gifts I have received in my almost 12 years of sobriety is the work I was allowed to do at a local transition home for recovering alcoholics and addicts. I guess I just have a way with drunks, because I am one.

One of my favorite topics is one that involves relationships in recovery. At least once a week, someone would come home and want to tell us about the girl he met in detox or at a meeting. As the "Twelve and Twelve" says: "boy meets girl on AA campus and love follows at first sight." Of course when I questioned them about such things, I always got the same response. "Oh it's not like that. We're just friends." And I would always say the same thing: "Let me tell you a story about that."

-- BERNIE S.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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