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 that you will get out of this great program what you put into it. It works if you work it, so work it, you're worth it.

-- ADAM A.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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