AA Didn't Fit, Sobriety Did

“You won’t stay sober if you aren’t in AA.” I did. I have.


A few months into my sobriety, I met a well-known interventionist in a class. We were standing outside on the sidewalk during a break. I was taking in the sun. She was sucking on a cigarette. “If you didn’t get sober in AA,” she said to me. “You must not be a real alcoholic.”

I took a very deep breath, inhaling all of her smoke as thoughts rushed into my head. Um, no. Absolutely ridiculous thing to say. She was older than me, a decade sober, and until that moment had seemed very wise. Did she need an enumerated list of my blacked-out nights to prove my status?

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