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Published March 2011.

A Way in the World

Listening to her Higher Power and other alcoholics led her on a wonderful 26-year journey

As a young girl, I wanted a life of adventure to escape what I saw as the boredom of growing up in Portland, Oregon. I have since been to many parts of the world, but my biggest adventure of all has been the inner journey of spiritual awareness and growth that I began when I stopped drinking and started going to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

My mother organized an intervention on my father in August 1984. He eventually died of alcoholism, but I got sober. I might still be out there trying to make drinking work, if I had not been blindsided by the intervention with its ironic outcome—for years I had hated my father because of his drinking, and it was his disease that led me into sobriety. There was a crack in the universe as I knew it, and I slipped through into another way of life.

-- Bette-B B.

Omaha, Nebraska

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