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Published June 2011.

Web Exclusive: They Told Me: "To Drink is to Die"

A young member from a family devasted by the effects of alcoholism finds her way to AA.

"After the court trials and the police trying to get information from us, I would just drown my depression."

I've been kind of quiet about this subject for about 7 years. There are reasons why I don't talk about it, but there are even more reasons why I should. On November 14 2008, I quit drinking alcohol. My life had been reduced to nothing, and the depression was so overwhelming that I thought many times about just killing myself, but was too much of a coward to even attempt it. I'm glad I didn't.

I started going to AA on November 17th 2008. That first meeting changed my life. I had finally found a group of people that I could relate to, and vice versa. I could finally say, "My name is Cahlen, and I'm an alcoholic." With that simple phrase, a huge weight had been lifted off my back.

-- Cahlen H.


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