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Against the Odds

As he mourned his son's death, he resisted the urge to drink again

For the first few years of sobriety, I had white-knuckled my way through my day, wanting sobriety just a little more than wanting a drink. I knew that without the words that AA had taught me, "Don't take that first drink, not ever, no matter what," I would be crazy, in prison or dead. However, I had no idea that even after years of AA experience a tragedy would show me the full extent of my belief.

People have wondered how I had become an alcoholic. It would be so easy to blame my upbringing or some horrific event. That just isn't the case. I was raised in a Christian home, and alcoholism or drug addiction does not run in my family. I attended a highly respected Christian high school. However, I remember the enticement of alcohol started when I was 13 years old.

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