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Published May 2014.

Out of a Living Hell

Sober four years, she can now enjoy being alive

Who after seeing the future, one of a living hell, would proceed in doing what would almost destroy her? I suffer from the disease of addiction. I believed I was too smart to allow a disease to destroy me. I thought: It will never get me.

At age 12, I took my first drink. I thought it was the best thing that had ever happened to me. Since that time, I have learned that addiction is a disease I was born with, one that has no cure, and can only be arrested with my active program of recovery.

-- Nancy B.

Enola, Pennsylvania

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