From the April 2017 magazine.


He thought he had the perfect cover, that he could keep everyone away—until someone saw right through it

The first time I got drunk, I was 13. I remember thinking that I had found some secret to relieve life’s awkward moments. I laughed. I could talk to girls. I loved everyone. When I got home, I thought about how much I was looking forward to the next weekend. I didn’t realize that I was about to give my life away to have those moments of drunkenness.

The next weekend came and I got drunk again. Alcohol worked the same way it had the week before. I could laugh and talk with ease.
Alcohol relieved me of the bondage of self. In fact, I knew a new freedom and a new happiness. I did not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it. I could comprehend the word serenity. Self-pity disappeared. I lost interest in myself and definitely gained interest in others. I was afraid of no one. I realized that alcohol had done for me what I was unable to do for myself. I would give my life to this power greater than myself totally.

-- David H.

Canon City, Colorado, USA

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