From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: 20 reasons

After 20 glorious sober years, a woman expresses her gratitude

This year, thanks to my Higher Power and the Fellowship of AA, I am celebrating 20 years of continuous sobriety. To mark the occasion, I’ve listed 20 reasons I am grateful to be sober:

1 I have real relationships now. I’m married to a wonderful man I truly believe is a gift from a kind and loving God. I visit my family more often. I’ve gotten better at holding up my end of friendships.

2 Mornings are more pleasant. I no longer wake up with so many bruises I look like I’ve been beaten up, check the driveway to see if my car is there or...

-- Debi E.

Springfield, Illinois