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The Road Home

The AA promises, hanging on a wall across from his Al-anon meeting, led him to the program

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on what I used to be like. Like every alcoholic in recovery, I was crazy and did the crazy things alcoholics do. What is at the top of my gratitude list these days is the gift of sanity. I took a while getting here, even after I started coming to meetings, but it is the most precious gift you all have given me.

It has been almost 25 years now since I showed up at my first Al-Anon meeting. It took four and a half years of intense work in that program before I "heard the pop" and understood who had the problem. Yes, my father was a heavy drinker who never allowed himself to seek help, but I was an apt student. No one was to blame for my insanity but the man in the mirror, and he was not playing with a full deck, either.

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