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The Long Weekend
After she got sober, she learned that her experiences were very common
For 22 years, I lived like I was on spring break. It wasn't a romantic spring break spent backpacking across Europe or a selfless spring break working as a camp counselor for underprivileged children. It was more like the kind of spring break where you're stuck in a dirty border town after your friends have bailed on you, you've lost your wallet, and the only thing available to sustain your life is buckets of cheap beer.
The human spirit only has so much fight before it checks out. I used up all of my drink tokens and exhausted my reserve supplies of sanity by the age of 36. On a...
-- Layla L.
Forth Worth, Texas
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Letter from Spain
An AA from Gijon, on Spain's northern coast, shares his story with Grapevine readers