Grapevine Online Exclusive

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... Login to read more
Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe.

Related Items:

A Faith That Works
An oldtimer with over 60 years of sobriety shares his experience

Starting Over
With her life unraveling, a woman joins AA and finds a new way to live

If the World Falls Apart
Sober colleagues help each other stay away from a drink in the midst of calamity

Muskrat, Muskrat
An AA group has an unusual visitor