From the August 2010 magazine.

Hiding out

Going to meetings is only one part of recovery, a member writes

Some of the most wonderful people I have ever met are sober recovering alcoholics. But not everyone I've met in AA, even with years of sobriety, has something I want. This program is about taking all Twelve Steps, developing a relationship with a Higher Power as we understand that Higher Power, and then practicing those principles in all our affairs and giving it away. At six-and-a-half years sober, I have the gift of being able to work full time in chemical dependency treatment. I get to hear about how all kinds of people are given direction by all sorts of people in our program. It's...

-- BRAD K.

Los Gatos, Calif.