From the April 2012 magazine.

April 2012: No More Breath Mints

AA helped him remove the liquor smell and become a show-up son

It was June 1993, three years before my uncontrolled drinking and driving caused what I hope is my last accident and DUI. As 1993 began, I had accumulated four DUIs over 11 years. Then I got my fifth one. It was my first daytime DUI, which I thought of as a fluke. A sane person would have stopped drinking and driving, but I continued doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

I had a good job that paid very well. I was in my early 40s. Since a relationship had ended two years previously, I was living with my parents, free of rent and with no real...

-- Clayton C.

Atlanta, Georgia