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The Writing on the Wall

Scared and in a detox for the first time, he got the exact message he needed

This is my first time trying to get sober in AA. I have one year, two months, two weeks and three days. I wasn't court-ordered to AA, I didn't come to save my marriage or my kids. I wanted something. But I wasn't sure what.

I had decided that I was going to die the way I was drinking. I was taking in half a gallon of whisky and a 12-pack of beer every day for about a year. My drinking had started around the age of 17 and I drank every day from then—rain, snow or sleet, healthy or sick. At first, I drank to go to sleep, then I drank to pass out.

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