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Published December 2011.

There's More Than One Way to Reach Bottom

After nearly two decades in the program, a member experiences a new bottom

I have struggled with alcohol and bi-polar disorder for much of my life and have been on medications since I was 22. I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder after my father sent me to a pyschiatrist after witnessing me in the midst of a psychotic episode on our front lawn in Boston.

My condition is marked by periods of great mania and sustained depression. Medications and alcohol were my constant companions until I was 42 when I decided to put down the drink. Alcohol was not going to let me go without a fight. I experienced a second psychotic episode this time in my own home where my wife of 18 years had the awful experience of watching me run head first into the fireplace and fracture my cervical spine.

-- Kevin 0.


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