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The Light in Their Eyes

A member reflects on the joys of sharing his recovery

A while back, I heard a AA speaker said that alcohol save her life. When I heard this I was taken aback, but it made me think. When I look back to before I started drinking I was a mess, I didn't belong anywhere. I felt I didn't fit in anywhere. I didn't fit in at home, school, church, or in my own body. A square peg in a round hole, as they say. So when I look back I am not sure how much longer I would have made it if I didn't find alcohol when I did.

I was 17 when I took my first drink, which didn't really do anything for me. It was another three years before what I call my first real drink. I walked into a tavern for my first time one Friday evening, ordered a beer, then another, then another, and so on and so on. It was that night that I fell in love with alcohol.

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