From the September 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Not a 'joiner'

I'M one of those people Steve F. talks about in "No Monopoly." I sobered up through therapy and started going to Alcoholics Anonymous after I had four years of sobriety. I attended one to five meetings a week for about 13 years. Then, when I felt my sobriety threatened, I went back to meetings and therapy for a few weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and last year, after being laid off.

I've never been a "joiner." I don't belong to any religious group, but God is with me all the time. During the time I didn't attend meetings I never forgot I was an alcoholic.

-- BOB B.

Chicago, Ill.

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