From the October 2010 magazine.

Becoming an AA

Things would get worse before they got better

IN the spring of 1992, after nearly six years of sobriety in AA and four sponsors, I met a man who, in a very short period of time, convinced me he knew more about alcoholism and AA than anyone I'd ever met. In visiting with him, I got hope that my life would change. Much like the description in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, this man, Joe, was armed with facts about himself and had found the solution contained in that book. His whole deportment shouted at me that he knew. He knew what it was like to be me, he understood the frustration, pain and confusion I had been living with. He was...