From the August 2007 magazine.

Good Shape For The Shape I'm In

Blessed with sobriety through life's ups and downs

My father was a methodist minister. I went to college to study for the ministry, and I shared a dormitory room with an avowed atheist. We argued loud and long.

He became a Methodist minister. I became an alcoholic.

It was easy. I liked what alcohol did for me. I got drunk and stayed drunk. Eighteen unhappy years passed. I got sick, both physically and emotionally. One doctor said I was an acute, chronic alcoholic. He had heard of an organization called Alcoholics Anonymous, and he felt my best hope was to contact them.

The next day, after finding an address in the...

-- Wes K.

Carmel, California