From the July 2011 magazine.

July 2011: Vandal, Thug, Alcoholic

My career as an alcoholic has taken me in and out of jails, institutions and rehabilitation centers. Since the age of 13, I have been gathering knowledge and collecting data on the subject, hoping deep down that this life as an alcoholic and drug addict will eventually lead to a clean and sober life. Ultimately, though, it's been one long journey of deception.

All throughout my life, people have told me that alcohol and drugs were bad. I remember a local police officer educating us about various programs, but I thought I would never be an alcoholic. I should have listened, especially when they warned against bad influences.

-- Anonymous

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