From the March 1987 magazine.

86¢ Toward Recovery

I had been drinking alcoholically for about thirty-two years, and the consequences had been getting progressively worse since World War II, I had been in several treatment centers and hospitals, and had been seen by all kinds of doctors; there had not been an answer for me.

Then, in 1972, I entered yet another treatment center because I had no place else to go. In that treatment center, though, they helped me find out that I was a sick man--not the terrible, no good, no account person I had come to believe I was. I finally heard the disease concept and understood. Now at least I had an inkling of what recovery was all about.

-- G. A.

Nashville, Tennessee

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