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Tapping Me on the Shoulder

His higher power helped him through some tricky drinking situations

At two recent events where alcohol was served, I had been initially worried. I've been sober for over six years, but some events still bother me. I usually prepare by making sure I'm going to enough meetings, meditating, calling people, talking about my fears, and always having an exit strategy. However, these two events were more difficult because they were celebrations: One was a birthday and the other a graduation.

My mother was celebrating her fiftieth birthday, so we all threw her a surprise party. My wife and I came in from out of town as did many others. It was a hit. The...

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