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Published June 2014.

A Life Worth Living

Even as he battles cancer, he feels grateful for the life he receives in sobriety

With more than three and a half years of continuous sobriety, I was cruising through life full of gratitude safe in the arms of acceptance of my powerlessness over alcohol. Having honestly completed the 12 Steps with my sponsor, I was thankful and content in my life for the first time after nearly 30 years of being dishonest, duplicitous, and self-centered.

You would find me regularly attending meetings at the beach where I began to feel at home and made many friends. I did service work, chaired meetings, shared my experience, strength, and hope, and several times told my story at treatment centers and homeless shelters. I was living the dream of recovery you might say - happy, joyous, and free.

-- Barry P.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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