From the July 1996 magazine.

Prison Clothes, a Meeting List, and a Lot of Fear

My first experience of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings was in an Oklahoma state prison. I went to the meeting to get out of sitting in my cell. I wasn't really interested in the program, just in getting out of the cell. There were three people who came in from an outside group in the city to sponsor our prison AA group. It was hard for me to understand why these strange people gave up their free time to come into prison and waste it on convicts like me.

I'm not sure when the light shone on me, but I started to listen and participate in the meetings. Everyone there was telling my story. I realized I wasn't so different and so alone.

-- Liz B.

New Iberia, Louisiana

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