May 2011: Enemy in Me
From the May 2011 Grapevine magazine
"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