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The Ghosts of My Youth

It wasn't until she faced her past that she could move forward into the present

I had heard the name AA kicked around for years. My father had been in and out of the program for 40 years, and when he died in 1994, he'd been sober for 14 years. My sister had first gone to meetings when she was 16, after a terrible drunken accident that almost cost her a foot, and could have meant her life. Today she is sober and a drug and alcohol counselor and will celebrate 27 years this month.

So I knew AA worked for some people. However, I thought it was not my cup of tea. I fancied myself as an addict. Well, the courts felt differently and ordered me to meetings. There I heard things that made some sense. I saw that others were living lives without drugs and alcohol, without breaking the law, without ending up in jail, and without living in fear. But yet, I was in and out for a while.

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