From the September 2010 magazine.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

It's all about trusting God, a young adult struggling with AA learns

I HAD my last drink on September 21, 2008, when I was 26 years old. I bounced in and out of the rooms for several years before then. This time I came back beaten up and hopeless. Today I live with much more freedom, hope and joy.

In May 2004, at age 22, I went to my first AA meeting. At the time I didn't think I was an alcoholic. What brought me to that first meeting was that my drinking had become almost daily. Friends were hinting that I had a problem, but I couldn't see it. One night around that time, I was feeling lonely, depressed and worthless, partly because of my learning disability. I drank a beer, then two, and then decided to take more medication then prescribed.

-- ROBERT B.

East Islip, N.Y.

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