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Published May 2014.

One Day in June

On a relapse, she found her self defeated again by alcohol

They say there is nothing worse than a belly full of liquor and a head full of AA. In 1999 I discovered something harder to deal with than that – a head full of AA, the emotions of a newcomer and no alcohol.

After 12 years, 11 months and two weeks of sobriety, I thought AA and I were even. I gave to AA. AA gave to me. Time to move on. I knew there was something physical about alcoholism. I had skimmed over the doctor's opinion. I figured that because your cells change every seven years, I had at least seven years of good drinking ahead of me. I had gotten sober young and thought maybe I had over-reacted.

-- Kathy D.

Atlanta, Georgia

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