From the June 2013 magazine.

June 2013: Just a beginning

Pouring the bottle down the drain was great, but only the first step

During the last 18 months of my active alcoholism, I said to myself four times, “Once and for all, I’ll quit drinking. I really mean it this time.” Each time, I stopped for shorter and shorter periods of time. Finally, in the spring of 1990, I knew that my way of quitting wasn’t working. That’s when I reached out for help.

I was sent to a rehab, and then attended 90 meetings in 90 days. I tried to be compliant and did everything that was suggested to me: I got a sponsor, I read what I was told to read. And yet, I really wanted to drink again.

-- —Hal W.

Berwyn., Pennsylvania

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