From the June 2014 magazine.

No Mint On My Pillow

Amid the steel and chaos, her Higher Power sat by her every day

I was two years sober when I landed back inside a jail after not getting into trouble for eight years. I hadn’t done time for what I had done before, but I thought that if I stayed out of trouble, my crime would eventually go away. That was wishful thinking.

One day in June 2012 I woke up early to loud banging on my apartment door. I asked my fiancé to see who it was. It was the cops. After being arrested and sitting in a holding cell for more than 24 hours, I was introduced to my new home. Getting put in jail is a scary experience. But being in jail as a sober person can be a life-changing experience.

-- Michelle G.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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