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Published June 2014.

The Sipping Saint

She had thought that good works alone could relieve her of alcoholism

"No drunkard shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven." This verse from the Bible haunted me as I came to suspect that I was a "problem drinker." I know I was a "good person."

I loved my husband and didn't cheat on him. I was a good mother to a special needs daughter. I attended church regularly and volunteered for services that I thought would make up for all of the guilt and shame I felt. But, I still had my secret sin: drinking. I loved my wine, and after all, I deserved it. God gave me a daughter with severe epilepsy, so how else was I supposed to cope with this harsh reality and burden?

-- Tricia W.

Cave Creek, Arizona

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