From the August 1989 magazine.

You Mean You're Still Married?

Staying married and staying sober. Sometimes it seems impossible to do both at the same time. In the AA circles I travel, there seem to be a lot more people, men and women, no longer married to the spouses they were with when they finally hit bottom. I understand why. In my early sobriety, Ella and I fought more than when I was drinking. Or perhaps I just remembered every word without my booze to ease the misery. It seemed to me that living with Ella when I was drinking had been hell, but trying to live with her and trying to learn to stay sober was double hell--with no pain...

-- J. P.