From the September 2011 magazine.

September 2011: First Aid, AA-Style

It was the way he survived two heart-shattering losses

"During the year, we felt our baby developing in my wife’s belly and talked to him daily."

I drank for 32 years, from 1965 until 1997, but the severe consequences didn’t start until 1993. Once they did, though, I burrowed quickly toward a bottom that only God and AA could overcome.

First, I separated from my wife of 17 years. My drinking skyrocketed. My job performance deteriorated overnight and, by the end of 1995, after working for this company for nearly 20 years, my employer had no choice but to fire me.

-- Jimmy L.

Arcadia, Florida

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