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The Logician

After trying to fix his drinking with his own problem solving abilities, he realized that AA was the answer

I cannot say my childhood was easy or filled with fun and joy. I am a product of East Los Angeles. I had the typical encounters with alcohol, drugs and gang life. When I was young, my older brother died of an overdose and my best friend was shot to death. As a result of these tragedies, I tried to get out of the neighborhood. I thought education was my lifeline. It was the only answer. I excelled in mathematics and science and was accepted into one of the top universities in the country.

I was able to channel my energies into my studies and completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences. I was set to take on the world. I had also put all my faith into reason and logic. I had no belief in a higher power. I was the one in charge. Or so I thought.

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