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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: Free On the Inside

Prison AA offers him another chance to be "a real man."

"I still did not want to admit I was an alcoholic until I began attending meetings behind these fences."

I’m 36 years old, and I reside at a prison in Savannah, Ga. 

I started drinking when I was 10 years old. By the time I was 15 nothing I did would be fun unless drinking was involved. I’ve been on a downward spiral since that point in my life and never realized it.

I had a good mother and a good family who had high hopes for me. I was a smart kid and could have done anything in life. While my family saw me going to college, all I saw was the next party. I mowed the grass and washed the cars in order to make money to drink with. I wanted to be the life of the party....

-- Bruce M.

Garden City, Georgia

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