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Best Friends

Two women prove to be a lifeline for one another in sobriety

I am a Black woman from Texas, whose spiritual path could be described as "New Age." Maria is a Puerto Rican who was raised in New York City and is a devout Catholic. I have less than two years continuous sobriety, and Maria has more than two decades. By some quirk of cosmic synchronicity, we have become best friends.

I stormed in to the meeting room of my home group on December 7, 2009, full of anger at myself that I had yet again disappointed everyone. At the suggestion of a friend, I had placed myself on a waiting list for a treatment facility. Being on that list had made me... Login to read more
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