From the October 2010 magazine.

28 years

FORTY-FOUR years old and sober for 28 years. So I would not become too egotistical about this accomplishment, God revealed another person about the same age with the same sobriety date early in my journey.

Although I am different, I am not unique. Years ago I found sobriety at the age of 16 in a treatment center in Minneapolis, Minn. I realized at that age if I did not straighten up, I would die a drunk and drug addict.

Since the life I was living was full of pain and suffering, I decided I needed to change. I accepted the AA way of life and began working the Steps. I went to...

-- JIM N.

Granville, Ohio.