I have been very troubled by “true Confession” (POV, March/April). I was an active alcoholic when entering Brown in 1951, and was fortunate to survive my addiction for another fourteen years before joining AA.
Like Kent Roberts ’00, I was either atheistic or agnostic at the time I joined. Fortunately for me and my loved ones, I gritted my teeth and bore with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer following meetings. I have since gotten over my omnipotent attitude and accept that there is a power greater than myself in the world, though I have not become religious.
I say honestly that AA saved my life, in fact made it possible for me to have a life! My family has recovered from the insanity of those years, and I am blessed to have their love and attention. I did some of the same things that Kent Roberts describes in his confession. I was lucky to survive, and I pray that he does.
Very few of us are strong enough, or wise enough, to control addiction without help. I know of more deaths than recoveries among those who try to do it alone. I have been successfully sober for forty-four-and-a-half years now, and I am as grateful today for AA and the important support I received from new friends as I was when I was newly sober. It is my hope that Kent Roberts is able to surrender his self-will before it kills him. Maybe he could be as lucky as I am and rekindle a good life between himself and his family.
Bob W. ’55
The author asked that his full last name be withheld from publication.