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Published August 2014.

Finding Bottom

After she had to move out of the motels and onto friends' couches, she reached for the phone book to look up AA

I was raised in a home that was always stocked with plenty of alcohol. There was wine and beer with dinner and whiskey at weddings and funerals. My Croatian family was fairly religious. We attended church on Sundays and there were pictures of Jesus in almost every room of our house.

During the 1970s, my family lived in a large, two-story house outside of Cleveland, Ohio, where there was a growing community of Croatians. Mostly, we had a good life.

-- Jackie H.

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