From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: Late night at the drive-thru

A guy who answers the AA phones gets a different perspective at 3 a.m.

STEP TWELVE: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

You know, after you’ve been sober for a while, you start to think you know everything. At least I do. I’ve been in Kelowna, B.C., for more than 10 years and have been taking AA calls from the answering service for most of that time. Because I work at home and am available anytime, I get quite a few calls. The gals at the answering service usually patch calls through to people they know are around. I also seem to get my share of late night calls from guys who’ve been drinking or are looking for someone’s shoulder to cry on. In the past I have tried (without too much success) to get them to go to a meeting with me the next day. I volunteer to phone them an hour before the meeting to remind them, but most come up with a lame excuse as to why they can’t attend.

-- Anonymous

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

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