From the May 2011 magazine.

May 2011: Enemy in Me

"I am rediscovering who I am and what is important to me, a journey that is frightening as well as rewarding."

For the past 20 years, I’ve been lost, hiding from someone I don’t even know—myself.  Most of my thoughts, actions, and feelings weren’t in my control.

Five months ago, I finally came to the realization that I’m an alcoholic, up against an addiction that will kill me. I want, need and deserve a life free from alcohol. So, for the last five months, I’ve been fighting for my life.

I’m also fighting to get rid of the stigma that addiction is a case of self-will, not a disease.  Many people’s perceptions of the alcoholic are skewed.  I have a...

-- Teresa B.

Charlotte, North Carolina

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