From the September 2007 magazine.

Step Nine: Captain Chaos

An AA realizes the high cost of "freebies

I made up my own definition for the word "freebie" when I was in my late teens and already an alcoholic. The word described when I got out of doing something I really didn't want to do, but didn't want anyone to know it. For instance, if someone else had to cancel a meeting that I didn't want to show up for--it was a "freebie." Not only did I get out of it, but I also got credit for doing something I didn't do. Does that make sense?

Then, along came sobriety, the Steps, and my sponsor. My sponsor said, "You better do a Fifth before you pick up a fifth." I did my Fifth Step right...

-- Skitch F.

Albuquerque, New Mexico