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Published January 2012.

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He moved into a new building and came into contact with AA

My name is John and I am an alcoholic. I am 41 years old. My disease took over when I was 16 and I never realized what I was in for until the years had gone by. I was first introduced to the program in 2000 when I attended my first meeting. For years, I was in and out of the rooms. I couldn't get more than 90 days sober. Eventually, I stayed away from the program for 5 years just drinking. My life became a disaster.

In 2009, I moved in with a woman named Jonette. She also liked to drink. We were friends with another drinker who lived in the same place named Tom. Tom had a neighbor named Chrissy who was in the program. Meanwhile, Tom, Jonette and I would party on a nightly basis. On the weekends, we would have card games, lots of visitors and loud music.

-- Anonymous

Cranston, Rhode Island

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