From the May 2018 magazine.

Mom gets busy

Thanks to her sponsor, she learned that life gets more full, not less, when you get sober

When I got sober, I had four young children. I was just so tired, tired of trying to drink like I needed to and still be a “good” mom. Life was drudgery. Those kids were work that interfered with my partying (which consisted of drinking in front of the TV). I knew I could not continue to live the way I’d been living. Death actually seemed the easier option.

These feelings of failure and hopelessness culminated with my 12-year-old walking in on me as I was trying to slit my wrists. That day I had my last drink. It was over 14 years ago, and I am relieved to say I’ve never gotten that low again.

-- Karla L.

Lake Forest Park, Washington

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