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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: Return to Prison, Return to Hope

How another prison stay became a source of joy.

"There was an AA meeting my first night back."

In July 2007 I shared my experience, strength and hope which was published as the cover story for Grapevine, called “Outside Freedomville.” It was written during my first five years of sobriety while in prison. I was sentenced to serve 11½ years for drunk driving.

In December 2009, after many years of work on the Steps with an "outside" volunteer sponsor and intensive work with other alcoholics I was granted an early release with 12 months to serve on the Supervised Community Confinement Program. I was released on Feb. 22, 2010 to a half-way house which was recommended to me over 26 years ago. That’s another indicator that I’ve needed help with this disease for many years.

-- Randy H.

Warren, Maine

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