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28 Years Later

A sober woman in Louisiana looks back on the years in AA

My first AA meeting was in May 1985. I was living in north Louisiana with my husband and three small children, ages nine, seven and five. Some old friends from further south stopped by for a visit. They took one look at me and said, “You have to come back to Abbeville with us.”

I weighed 98 pounds on a 5’2” frame. Drinking had become a daily activity: lunch, dinner and after dinner. That was not my only problem at the time. I was having an affair and the drinking pushed my guilt down for a time. I blamed my husband because I told myself he was not the one I was suppose to be with. I also blamed my children because I felt they tied me down and I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. Deep down, I wanted to be satisfied with my life, my husband and my children. Even with this desire, I couldn’t let go of the man I had become involved with.

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