From the January 2014 magazine.

January 2014: There Will Be Blood

She thought she wasn’t an alcoholic until the unmanageability got a whole lot scarier

After attending only a few AA meetings, I felt like my story was boring. Maybe I didn’t have a drinking problem: no tickets, no wrecks, no jail, no lost jobs, no wrecked marriages, no loss of family. I had only been drinking heavily for two years.

I’d gotten divorced after 22 years of marriage, and I survived the death of my son semi-sober. But when my job was eliminated after 28 years and I was forced to retire, that was the beginning of my downfall. To me, my life was over then. I was useless. My parents and my husband were all alcoholic, but, of course, I was not. I was just distraught, confused, bored and lonely.

-- Deborah G.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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