Men's Health

“I GOT SOBER AND FOUND A NEW KIND OF FRIENDSHIP.”

WHEN I GOT SOBER in 2017, my new AA sponsor, a tall, goofy painter named Kip, invited me to a men’s stag meeting in the basement of a church in downtown Los Angeles. I arrived early, shook some hands, and sat nervously in the circle of folding chairs.

Soon the room was filled: 25, maybe 30 men of all ages. The space boomed with their laughter. There were hairy, macho men sitting with thin, tattooed hipsters, and suited business types grabbing coffee and cookies for old men with walkers. There was even a priest who sat in the corner. Everyone called him Father.

It took me about five minutes to realize how scared I was of all of them.

Each man in the circle had a few minutes to tell a bit of

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