From the January 2012 magazine.

Ready for a Second Chance

She relapsed after years in the program only to see everything she'd worked for fall apart

At the age of 12, I was placed in a psych ward for two months for issues unrelated to alcohol use, but in retrospect, definitely of alcoholic thinking and temperament. There I met a girl who became my "best friend forever." A couple years later, it was she with whom I had my first drunk, followed by many, many more. Every time I drank, it was alcoholically: falling down, blind and stupid.

In spring of 1990, at the age of 21, I was indulging in a complaint-filled conversation with her about the latest argument with my dad. She told me perhaps I could try to let it go, to admit he was...

-- Kristen C.

Santa Ana, California

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