From the January 2020 magazine.

A grateful holiday

Though not the fancy getaway he was used to, the journey this year was to himself

My drinking had gone from being a way to escape life’s pressures to a long, slow descent into hell. But the end came quickly, a few weeks after one fateful Christmas.

If you saw my life a couple of months before that, it seemed pretty good as long as you didn’t look too closely. I was married to a smart, beautiful, funny woman. I had a great job, a nice house in a trendy neighborhood and lots of shiny toys. I spent that Christmas on a private island in the Caribbean. And I was being served 20-year-old scotch in crystal tumblers by smiling waiters in white linen jackets.

-- John K.

Carleton Place, Ontario

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