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Topic: Gratitude
Enough intelligence remained for him to realize his desperation
Of all the things that disappeared in my years of alcoholism, the aspect that came to haunt me most was my loss of cognitive powers—intellect, intelligence and rational thought—the very qualities...
April 15, 2010, was a great day for my family and me—we just did not know it at the time. Tax day does not seem to be a great day for anything, but this tax day was the beginning of my new life....
Faith keeps a questioner sober
My biggest lie of my life was that I was not an alcoholic. Only when AA helped me to get rid of that false idea, after many years of drinking, could my recovery process start. This happened in 1983...
A playful paw helps shift her perceptions
It was early, only 6:30 a.m., and the day was going to be hot. I was mildly sullen and already moving slowly in anticipation of the heat. I had already informed my lovable labradoodle, Jack, and my...
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2004, a U.S. Coastguard representative stopped in front of my house at exactly 11:10 a.m., bringing me the horrific news that my son had died in a diving exercise on Oahu, Hawaii...
Having nine years’ sobriety has brought me to a place of self-awareness. I’ve been regularly attending meetings for nine years, I have always had a sponsor, I’ve sponsored many, and I consider myself...
A suicidal leap was her first step toward recovery
My first drinking experience happened at 16. I had just wanted to catch a buzz. Instead of a buzz, I got plastered. It was not long until passing out became a common occurrence for me—as did drunk...
Surrendering to the moment brings personal victory
When I first came through these doors, I was defeated; totally ready to do what was necessary to stay sober. I didn’t know that I was a child mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I just knew that I...
The unity in Tradition One is reflected in the environment
I was given the gift of sobriety a little over two years ago. I’m finding the love I once had for nature slowly returning. My passion for hiking, paddling, natural history, and keeping a nature...
A promising career is snuffed out by alcoholism
I am sitting in the airport waiting for a delayed flight out of San Francisco. Four years ago I came to the city by the bay with a notebook full of drunken musings and a head full of my best ideas,...

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