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Published March 2014.

With Complete Abandon

After many relapses and false starts she heard something in a meeting that changed everything

I've been introducing myself as, "I'm Mary and I'm an alcoholic" for 27 years, yet I have just begun my fifth year of continuous sobriety. My journey has been amazing, and my life is more joyful and hopeful than ever before. This is my story.

Sometime in my early twenties, I recognized that I did not drink like other people. I drank to oblivion; the quicker, the better. In the 1970s, we had other substances that enhanced the effects of the alcohol; much in the same way a chef might tell you that a certain wine will enhance his culinary creation.

-- Mary

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