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Published September 2014.

Third Step Surgery

Used to self-medicating with alcohol, she found herself looking to the Steps

I was sitting in my garden watching a springtime snowstorm—tiny white flower petals and pollen flew through the air and piled into lively drifts on the patio. I watched it through tears. The pain throbbed in my jaw and radiated down my neck. Five days earlier, I had undergone yet another surgery to repair the physical damage caused by my alcoholism.

By the time I surrendered my life and my will to God as I understood him two years ago, and he, in turn, removed my obsession to drink, my health was wrecked.

-- Sam Marie E.,

Atlanta, Georgia

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