From the March 1993 magazine.

A Different Kind of Blessing

That first night when I attended an AA meeting, I had no concept of the changes that were about to take place in my life. From the way things had been going, I thought life was over, and I didn't care all that much if I never saw tomorrow. In fact, I hoped I wouldn't. At twenty-eight, I felt old, exhausted, and frightened of life. I was tired of getting fired from jobs, feeling useless and friendless, and crying myself to sleep.

For a long time I had thought booze was my only friend. It was always there when nothing else was. I thought I'd slow up my drinking when my life got a little easier but it never did. I lost jobs, family, friends, opportunities. I felt isolation and loneliness.

-- Bob K.

Concord, California

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