From the December 2011 magazine.

The Promises Are Mine

Working the program worked for her when nothing else did

After almost 40 years of drinking, I was suddenly forgetting everything I said and did the night before. I could no longer hold my liquor and my memory was fast becoming a thing of the past.

I knew I had to stop or at least learn how to drink "normally." When I went to my first AA meeting I was really drunk. I was extremely angry and hated everyone and everything I heard. Outwardly, I had so much going for me, but inside I was miserable and a total wreck. At 53 years old, I could not imagine how I could deal with others and face the world with no outside stimulus. I was never really comfortable in my own skin. Going out for the evening required a few shots before I even left the house.

-- Amye G.

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