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From the December 2018 magazine.

10 years sober

There in the basement on his plywood bed, he was going to be OK. Something had changed

The morning of my 10-year anniversary in AA, I woke up in a friend’s basement. I was in my sleeping bag on a piece of plywood, which was on some 2x4s that kept me off the concrete floor.

I leaned over and picked up my open can of soda and took a sip. Along with the soda came a cockroach that must have crawled in during the night and drowned. I spit it all back into the can, out of revulsion. That set me off. My mood went from depressed to angry.

-- Mike G.

Madison, Missouri

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