From the July 2011 magazine.

At Home in the World

After hiding out from the world while drinking, she got sober and was finally able to make her dreams come true

Photo by Sara S.

Some nights, I still sit in the dark, but not because I'm hiding from the world with a bottle of vodka within reach, rather because the power goes off frequently where I'm living in East Africa. I used to do this especially toward the end of my drinking. I would turn my apartment lights off while I was drinking so that no one would think I was home.

Sometimes, I would even leave my car parked behind the apartment building, but then in the morning I couldn't imagine where it was. The thing is there weren't many people who came by to see me at that point, so clearly, I wasn't thinking clearly.

-- Sara S.

East Africa

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