From the December 2007 magazine.

Chain Of Trust

A sponsor's loss becomes gratitude

She was very thin and appeared much older than her thirty-five years. She seemed confused, lost. I welcomed her.

She asked me where she should go. I suggested the First Step meeting and guided her to the room. I sat next to her. I asked if she'd like a cup of coffee. She replied, "Only if it has a shot of whiskey in it." I told her I understood, and brought her a plain cup anyway. She could not hold the cup without shaking. She barely sipped it--that was the first time I saw her.

-- Fran H.

L'Anse, Michigan

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