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Published April 2012.

Letter from Prison

Finding himself locked up yet again, he admitted defeat in his battle with alcoholism

I started drinking at age 13. Inside, I always felt different even as a child. At that young age, I found alcohol. I will never forget that feeling it gave me. It made me like I fit in and I remember saying to myself that I would like to feel that way forever.

I met my girlfriend at the same age and at age 18, we got married because she was pregnant. She gave birth to twins. I was a scared teenager who now was a father of twins.

I quite school, got my G.E.D. and joined the National Guard. During basic training, I got into a couple of fights due to my drinking and was...

-- Ralph D.

Springfield, Massachusetts

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