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From the January 2012 magazine.

A Mother's Reprieve

After nearly losing custody of her only child, she was able to come back to AA and get sober again

I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous in June of 1987 after my second divorce. I had been drinking alcoholically since my first drink at age 19 in 1976. I loved drinking. I became someone else—someone I really liked; but I didn't think I was an alcoholic. I thought I was just a nice, Irish girl who drank a little too much. I wasn't an alcoholic. My dad was the alcoholic in the family. I compared myself to him constantly in order to justify my drinking: I hadn't been arrested, I hadn't been in bar fights, and I hadn't lost job after job due to drinking. I told myself and others I was nothing like my dad.

I went through a 30-day, in-patient treatment program, and then upon my release, I attended AA meetings regularly and put together 11 months of continuous sobriety. I had never gone without alcohol for more than a day. This was a very different way of life for me. I wasn't sure I liked it. I was very uncomfortable. I couldn't imagine living the rest of my life without alcohol. I wasn't the party girl anymore, and I missed her. I drank again. For the next year, I was a 90-day-wonder—I was in and out of AA every 90 days. Finally, in 1990, I quit attending meetings altogether and returned to drinking.

-- Lori Y.

Augusta, Michigan

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