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Published September 2017.

He Opened The Door

She was a dry drunk, searching and lost, until a suggestion by a teacher unexpectedly showed her the door to sobriety

Originally from Massachusetts, my ex-husband and I—both alcoholics, although we didn’t know it at the time—left there in 1970 driving a Volkswagen camper. We were headed for a new life in southern California with two children, a son, 4, and a daughter, 2.

We spent the next 13 years raising our children, working, drinking, smoking, drugging. We were somewhat functional, in spite of all that. And definitely, we didn’t see the damage we were doing, either to our children or ourselves.

-- Michael M.

Placentia, Calif.

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