From the September 2014 magazine.

Tragedy in the Night

His drive to prove he didn't need AA led to a dangerous turn

I had an alcohol problem for 17 years; I’m now 35. When I drank it caused me many, many problems. I was married twice and divorced twice. I couldn’t keep a relationship. At one time, it seemed I had everything I needed and that I could control my alcohol. I had really good jobs, and some of those jobs put me in charge. But alcohol kept me from showing up to work Monday through Friday.

I decided I could quit drinking on my own and prove to everyone that I didn’t need AA. So I went to a rehab for 30 days. When I returned home, I truly felt like a new person. I would even get on my computer and post to everyone my sobriety success from month to month. I was showing up to work every day and even working out in the gym. I kept very busy. My dad told me he was proud of me, and I was really proud of myself. I managed to stay clean and sober for six months.

-- Scott T.

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

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