From the October 2010 magazine.

Where everybody knows my name

It took only five months for this newcomer to see the healing power in her home group

I GREW up watching a lot of TV sitcoms, and recall "All in the Family," where Archie Bunker sat for hours in his chair saying, "Shut up, Edith, and get me a beer." I also remember the show "Cheers," where everyone hollered out "Norm!" and the theme song about "where everybody knows your name, where they're always glad you came." Truthfully, I always loved that feeling of walking into a bar, having he bartender pour my beverage of choice, and people chime out my name, welcoming me home.

My story is not a scripted show with built-in laugh tracks, but it is truly a reality show. Most...

-- JILL M.

West Bend, Wis.