From the March 2012 magazine.

A Free Soul

In AA he found a freedom that transcended the prison walls

When I went to prison, I did not consider myself an alcoholic. Sure, I drank too much occasionally and could be pretty wild at times. However, "alcoholic" was an extreme description to me. I thought I was too young to be an alcoholic. To me, alcoholics were older people who had drunk themselves into bad health and life situations that I could not imagine myself ever being in.

It never occurred to me that repeated incarceration in jail and prison was a sign that I might have a problem with alcohol. I realize now that I was in denial. All those times I detoxed in jail and prison I did not realize what was actually happening to me.

-- B.J.H.

Louisburg, North Carolina

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