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Just Another Day in Paradise
A sister reflects on both her own and her brother's alcoholism and sobriety
In 1980 I played a part in getting my younger brother into treatment. He needed it—or so I thought. I attended family week on Jim's behalf and tried to listen, and was given a Big Book. I read it cover-to-cover but I didn't learn anything. I was focused on Jim's drinking and resolutely refused to look at myself. The entire time that Jim was in the treatment center, I was scared that he would turn on me and point out my own drinking ways. I was already privately questioning my own drinking. I drank a lot then and had drunk a lot with Jim. But, to his credit, he never once pointed out the...
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