From the July 1996 magazine.

Life in Lock-up

Many years ago, I was imprisoned for a crime committed while in the grip of alcoholic insanity. While inside, I attended five AA meetings--sometimes just to get the doughnuts. Ignorance of the disease thus persisted and I dreamed of the day when I would be free to drink my fill. Upon release, the "party" began in deadly earnest, followed by twenty years of tormentingly gradual alcoholic decline.

Today, it is my privilege to go into lock-up carrying the AA message. Especially in these days when a fearful society says, "Lock 'em up and throw away the key," it's a real blessing to offer a program of change wherein sobriety, service, and true freedom are achievable.

-- Donna H.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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