From the November 2019 magazine.

Closing argument

Facing five years in jail, a sober dad stands before a judge and gets something much longer-lasting

I was the fourth of five children, with a practicing alcoholic father and a mother who retreated to her room in an effort to hide from the troubles in our family. 

We had so much alcohol in our house. It’s no wonder that I started drinking regularly at a young age. My parents divorced when I was 16 and I ended up living on the streets. If I wanted or needed anything, I would simply take it. Stealing from family and friends and businesses was the only way I could continue with my drinking career, and my career was skyrocketing.

-- Mitchell G.

Watauga, Texas

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