From the February 2019 magazine.

Out of chaos

For years she controlled everyone else, until alcohol snuck up on her

I was a late bloomer with my drinking. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother, I found drinking to be a huge turn-off from an early age. I hated the taste of alcohol and I hated what my mother’s alcoholism did to our family. 

What I did not know until much later in life is that you don’t have to be drinking to live like an alcoholic. From a very young age, I surrounded myself with chaos and drama and lots of dramatic people. By not drinking myself, I created the illusion that I was somehow in control. 

-- Mary O.

La Grange, Illinois

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