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From the April 2014 magazine.

Pillow Talk

I used to come home drunk late at night or early in the morning to find my wife at the top of the stairs berating me that I had a problem and needed to get help. My standard response was that she had the problem, not me.

After the usual debate over what my drinking was doing to my daughter, I’d stumble into the bedroom and climb into bed, only to have my head land on a hardcover book sitting on my pillow. One night I grabbed it and tossed it against the wall. During the night on my way to the bathroom, I stubbed my toe on the book, picked it up and took it with me, turned on the light and read the cover: Alcoholics Anonymous. I didn’t take the time to read any of it, but instead walked back into the bedroom, woke my wife and asked her if this was what she meant about having a problem. She asked me to just read a little bit of it and see if it was something I’d be willing to do.

-- Tom J.

San José, California

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