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From the June 2011 magazine.

"Don't Do It, Mom, He's Not Worth It!"

An incident of domestic violence and a daughter's rejection was the spark he needed to get sober

I came to standing in the doorframe, holding off someone trying to kill me.

When people ask me, "What brought you into AA?," I tell them, "attempted murder." Let me tell you how it happened.

It was the Fourth of July weekend, 1975, and there was a family wedding in a small North Dakota town. As usual, I got drunk, as I did at any fun event, or for that matter, sad event, or even a no-event day. The reception was disturbed by my drunken, slurred speech about the wonderful nephew we were giving away.

-- Tom

Osseo, Minnesota

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