From the February 2011 magazine.

February 2011: It’s My way or no way

When I first came into AA, it was so my wife wouldn’t take my two daughters and leave. I wasn’t like any of you. I saw all the differences, none of the similarities.

There were a few more years of getting away with it, going to meetings and still drinking. I only got caught by my wife about once a month, when I would promise never to drink again. I could get a few weeks together, sometimes months. But sobriety eluded me. If I were going to work this program, it would be my way or no way.

My life got worse. My business started failing and my health wasn’t so good, but my...

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Streamwood, Illinois