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From the August 2014 magazine.

Absent

Everywhere he went, his drinking got him into trouble, until he found AA

I started drinking at a very young age in my home country. At one point I got so bad, I was waking up sprawled out on the street, with everyone I knew looking at me. My mother would say, “Son, don’t drink anymore. People tell me that they see you wandering around at the bus terminal. Don’t drink anymore, please.” But her pleas had no effect on me.

Many times I woke up far from home without any shoes. I would arrive home barefoot and embarrassed, and I still wouldn’t heed my mom’s pleas. I would never follow through on my promises to stop drinking.

Then I came to...

-- Jorge L.

El Monte, California

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