From the January 2013 magazine.

January 2013: My Bottom is Mine

Was yours high or low? One alcoholic ponders the question

STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

I was at a meeting recently, and a fellow with about a month of sobriety brought up the topic of “hitting bottom.” He wanted input as to what a bottom was. I listened for a while as people relayed their stories of hitting their bottoms—each one a little more dramatic than the last. It was one of those “If you think that’s bad, listen to this” meetings. Of course the high bottom/low bottom part of the subject came into the discussion. I raised my hand to offer my thoughts on the subject, but the meeting ended before I was called on.

-- Paul S.

Largo, Florida

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