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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: A Better Life

A young writer chases his dreams into a bottle and finds his way to AA

"To keep my flask full, I begged, snuck and stole."

On Monday mornings in high school I would appear in my classes haggard and disheveled. I was secretly proud of the fact that I was worse for the wear after a weekend of hard partying. I had always been good at school, and was enrolled in many honors classes. Being in honors classes meant that I was smart, and drinking meant that I was cool. Looking around at my fellow students I was sure that I was better than any of them.

Needless to say I had an incredibly large ego. I knew for sure that I had all the answers, which made it all the more painful when...

-- Tom P.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

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