From the February 2012 magazine.

The Metamorphosis of a Firefly

Alcohol transformed her into a wild child but AA transformed her into a loving, mature person

As a junior in high school, I started waiting tables and saving for college. After hours of having free food and drinks, I would pour some rum into coke, never measuring. It would transform me from a timid, ashamed, down-beaten girl, to a firefly. I could dance with the town drunk whom I believed I loved. The bartender had to make a frothy, pink sweet-tasting drink for me to learn to like cocktails. At college, I didn't drink except for weekends at the restaurant.

I married a man I met after starting my first job. He had a good position—enough to take care of me and start a...

-- Diane W.

Oceanside, California

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