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Published March 2014.

Unexpected Blessings

Losing his job while he was counting days turned out to not be so terrible

For the last 15 years I have known my drinking would catch up with me sooner or later. I would drink myself into the grave or for some reason God would stop me.

Every day driving home from work, on my way to the liquor store, I would think to myself, "This can't go on forever."

Finally in November of 2011, it happened. I could not mentally function either drunk or sober. I kept hearing a voice saying, "Ask for help."

That night I made a phone call and asked for help. I spoke on the phone with a couple of AAs. The next day I shook myself to work and made it through the...

-- Tom R.

El Reno, Oklahoma

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