From the December 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Locked up and set free

I have been going to sleep sober for the last eight months in an eight-by-eight cell and feel freer than I ever have before. I had been a yo-yo, bouncing in and out of AA while not working the program. But the pain of staying the same became greater than the pain to change, so I changed. It wasn't easy. It was the hardest, but most rewarding step I have ever taken. It started with willingness. I wanted to change--either grow or go.

I don't feel I'm just taking up a chair anymore. I feel like I'm truly part of AA and growing as I work the Steps to the best of my ability. It's true...

-- ADAM A.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island