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Published August 2014.

The Answer Wasn’t Alcohol

When she came to accept that maybe she was an alcoholic after all, the answers were easier to find

When I came through the doors of AA, I didn’t believe I was an alcoholic. I knew I drank too much, but I thought that was probably the least of my problems. I had read the little ads about AA in the newspaper, watched a couple of movies about alcoholism and thought maybe, just maybe, they could help me some.

I went to my first meeting and didn’t want anyone to know me. I didn’t want to get kicked out of AA for not really belonging because I had nowhere else to go. It was, as they say, the last house on the block.

-- Carolyn O.

Orlando, Florida

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