From the December 2007 magazine.

Stripped Of All Pretense

And ready to trust

I had my last drink on February 28, 1984. Two days later, I entered a treatment center. When I walked in and talked to the other patients, they told me that they had recently heard a lecture from a medical doctor who had been sober more than thirty years in Alcoholics Anonymous. He had great knowledge about the disease of alcoholism and they all seemed to be impressed by his energy and his passion. His story was in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and it was said that he had been a friend of Bill W.'s.

I found out, he spoke on the last Friday of every month, but I was released on the Thursday before the last Friday, so I never got to hear the lecture. However, while I was in the treatment center, I fell in love with the program, the idea, and the people of Alcoholics Anonymous. I knew I had to meet this man whom everyone spoke of so highly. Through the grapevine (pun intended), I heard that he was the secretary of a men's meeting that met on Wednesdays in a nearby hospital at 7 P.M.

-- D.S.

Lafayette, California

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