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My Parents the Pioneers

She was able to get sober thanks to the example of her mom and dad

My father celebrated 29 years of Sobriety on the 29th of April. I myself have 9 years in Alcoholics Anonymous. I grew up with the affects of my father's alcoholism. I say the effects because I learned once I got sober that it wasn't his intention to cause havoc in our family. He intended to be a wonderful father. No one wakes up one day and says I think I will ruin my family. It's a disease of powerlessness and I know my father said many times, "I'll quit, I won't drink today." Later, I would say the same things to myself.

Before I entered AA I had no idea what alcoholism was. I... Login to read more
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