From the August 1990 magazine.

The Enemy I Never Knew

I have been in AA for two-and-a-half years. To say my life has changed would be an understatement of the first magnitude. Twenty-one years ago, at age twenty-one, I stood in front of a judge in Georgia, and heard him sentence me to forty-five years at hard labor, for the crime of aggravated robbery. In an alcohol-induced frenzy, I had seriously injured a man while robbing him.

I was sent to the state prison, and began serving my sentence. With time off for "good behavior," I would be eligible to get out in about ten years. At twenty-one, my life appeared to be over. But it wasn't. I found out it was just the beginning. And I found out that my alcoholism would be the motivating force for most of what I was to do.

-- Mike P.

San Diego, California

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