Talked into service, a reluctant teen meets the AAs who convince him to stick around
MY sobriety date is April 7, 1986. I was 17 years old in 1986. I'd had my first drink at age 8 and started to use drugs at 9. I now have a life I believe would have never happened if it weren't for Alcoholics Anonymous.
When I first came in, it was difficult for someone my age to feel accepted and to want to be a part of something so big. I went to a treatment center first, but was introduced to AA the first night there. There were no adolescent centers at the time.
I didn't have a desire to stop drinking and never thought that I would stay sober for any period of time. My...
-- SHAUN G.