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Published January 2012.

Web Exclusive: Sober For a Second Time

He had to reach a new level of surrender in order to truly get sober

The first time I got sober was in 1972 after twenty years of periodic alcoholic behavior that tore at my family life, and nearly killed me. I grew up with an alcoholic wife-beating father and was conditioned to the drama that living the alcoholic life imposed.

After four years in the military, I went to work for a major corporation and luckily started fast-tracking my professional life. Doing well in my career and deluded by ego and false pride, I dismissed my domestic troubles as a case of bad breaks, or the fault of others. I knew God disapproved of my life style, so ignoring thoughts of "God stuff" worked for me.

-- Dick C.

Anaheim, California

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