From the October 2013 magazine.

October 2013: My Plan for the Day

In the early days of my drinking, I had a plan to get drunk every day. But I had to push people away so that I could get some space to do my drinking. As my alcoholism progressed, jobs fell away, and so did nice homes. I would shout to loved ones, “Just leave me alone!” and eventually they did. My life became one of blacking out, coming to and starting all over again.

Then came that awful/wonderful day—the day it all stopped working. I had planned particularly well the night before and had 20 12-oz beverages in the fridge that morning when I came to. Good, plenty to get started, I thought. Not drinking was no longer an option. I drank all 20 of those bottles, and I was stone cold sober. I remember looking at the empties all lined up, checking the fridge to see if I had missed any. Nope, all gone. Now what?

-- Jim T.

Scottsdale, Arizona

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